An investigation at the University of Pennsylvania has led to the suspension of a student from the University of Oklahoma. Officials are investigating racists’ messages that were being received by black students that attend the University of Pennsylvania.
The racists’ messages were sent over the past two days. The University of Pennsylvania stated that the suspension is part of the investigation by the FBI. David Boren, President of the University of Oklahoma said, “It would appear, this matter did not originate at the University of Oklahoma, but started elsewhere.” The university would not release the name of the student that was suspended from the school. The president of the University of Pennsylvania, Amy Gutmann believes that there are other individuals involved in the racists’ messages.
There were a large number of black students at the University of Pennsylvania that were added to private groups on the popular GROUPME app. The titles for the groups were racially charged and talked about lynching and calling the black males “mud men”. The black students were smart and took screenshots of the comments that were being made. The text messages were mentioning the black students as being slaves, while also inviting the students to attend a lynching ceremony. They also posted negative comments that were made by the president-elect on a 2005 video.
A research assistant for Penn Law, Calvary Rogers post this comment on Facebook, “Literally, every single black freshmen was added. I feel sick to my stomach. I don’t feel safe.” One school official delivered a statement to NBC News, which said, “This is absolutely vile material and completely offensive to everyone on our campus. We are both, angry and saddened that it was directed to our students or to anyone. The people responsible for this are reprehensible.” Alumni of Ivy League Schools have called on Trump to release what they call “his disturbing silence” and address the issue.