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WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com)—Black people have fought for their children, grandchildren and their lineage to get a good education in the country’s top institutions of higher education. Despite hard work, advocacy and sacrifice, Black students are still targets for increasing racial attacks happening all over the country.
Black History Month kicked off at George Washington University with a picture on Snapchat of two White Alpha Phi sorority sisters holding a peeled banana with the caption “Izzy: ‘I’m 1/16 black.’ ”
The photo quickly circulated social media to the horrors of many.
The university responded immediately with this statement: “There was an entirely inappropriate posting on social media last night. Whatever the circumstance, or true intention of those involved, the image was disturbing, hurtful and not reflective of who I know we are as a community.”
“As a university, we have emphasized our commitment to inclusion and have made clear that ‘You are Welcome Here.’ We do this through our actions and our words. Images like the one posted on social media can make people question whether they are welcome at the university, and that is unacceptable to me,” wrote George Washington University Provost Forrest Maltzman.
But are Blacks really welcome on predominantly White campuses?