Target: Texas A&M President Michael Young
Goal: Expel the students who reportedly used racial slurs against a black tour group.
A tour group made up of black high school juniors and seniors were allegedly met with racism at Texas A&M University. The 60 students were from Uplift Hampton Preparatory School, a charter school, and were touring to see if they wanted to attend A&M in the future.
According to reports, a white A&M student came up to two of the black high school students and asked them what they thought of her Confederate flag earrings. The tour guide told them to keep moving and ignore the comment. A junior told local news that after that, another A&M student criticized his University of Texas backpack and told the group to “go back where they came from.” A group of 13 white students then allegedly started using the N-word toward the tour group.
The tour guides called the campus police, who then consulted with the school’s president, Michael Young. Young and the campus police have immediately taken to task to identify the students and decide the proper punishments, and Young has released a statement calling for more diversity talks. Please let Young know that these students should receive full punishment for their actions and face expulsion.
Dear President Young,
We are writing to demand that once the students in the alleged racist outburst toward high school students are identified, they face expulsion. As President of the university, you have a standard to uphold, especially in the wake of the disastrous racial tension at the University of Missouri.
A group of 60 high school students did not get a good first impression of the campus when they were allegedly met with vicious racial slurs from about a dozen current students. As I am sure you know, it does not look good for the school when white students tells black prospective students to “go back where they came from.” It is very jarring and likely traumatizing to hear such hatred in a place the young students were excited about, in a place they wanted to feel welcome.
Your response to the incident has been swift and we commend you for that. But we do not want to see these students, once identified, have any punishment less than expulsion. What they did was harmful to a group of impressionable teenagers, and it was harmful to your school’s image. It goes against everything the school should stand for. Please see to it that the responsible parties be expelled.
[Your Name Here]
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