Racist post stirs controversy at Kansas State University

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – A racist social media post sent by a Kansas State University student has administrators seeking answers and taking action.

The Snapchat post was first published by a young K-State student, showing herself and another female with their faces covered in a dark material with the caption, “Feels good to finally be a (n word.)”

“Kansas State University was tagged today in social media posts that were racist in nature,” the university responded. “The posts were immediately removed from university accounts. Kansas State University does not condone this inappropriate behavior and expects the K-State family to adhere to our principles of community.”

K-State went on to say that the campus climate response team has been notified to address this incident.

The Beta Upsilon Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha at K-State also released a response following the post as the young woman was a former member of the chapter.

We have become aware that a former member of our chapter has posted racist comments on her social media channels. While she did join the Beta Upsilon Chapter at Kansas State University in 2013, she was expelled from the chapter and is no longer affiliated with the organization. Her words and actions certainly do not reflect the values and principles of Zeta Tau Alpha. Our Creed teaches us to look for the good in everyone and to seek understanding in order to gain true wisdom. Our Fraternity’s membership includes women of many races, nationalities and religions and we all strive to seek the noblest in every endeavor.

The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Pat Bosco says that he is aware that one of their students posted a facially offensive photo on social media na dused one of the most derogatory words in the English language.

“This photo has students, faculty, staff and other members of the K-State family upset. It rightly should, as there is no place for racism at our university, regardless of what the intentions may have been. K-State prides itself on being one family, no matter your race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or abilities. All members of the K-State family deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.”

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