Thursday, October 2, 2008

Students Confess to Hanging Obama in Effigy

Administrators at George Fox University in Oregon (which is ironically, both a Christian university and named for the founder of the Quakers) announced that they have punished four students who confessed to hanging Barack Obama in effigy from a tree on the campus.

A sign reading "Act Six reject" was taped to the effigy, as you may recall. Act Six is a scholarship program run by the college granted to 10 student leaders from urban Portland. According to the statement, most of those in the program are ethnic minorities.

In a statement, the school said:
Act Six — a leadership and scholarship initiative designed to bring students from diverse communities to campus — was one effort toward this end. Another effort is our “Blueprint for Diversity,” which includes not only enrolling a racially and ethnically diverse student body, but also cultivating staff and faculty who are persons of color. As part of this plan, every staff and faculty member participates in diversity training. We want the world to know that we take diversity and racial reconciliation very seriously and that this abhorrent act that was senselessly carried out by a few students does not in any way reflect the commitments and beliefs of this institution. There is no excuse for this behavior.

The university took immediate action once the students were identified. After an internal judicial process, there were several disciplinary measures taken — up to and including immediate long-term suspension from the university. Investigations are still ongoing by federal law enforcement to determine if any federal civil rights laws have been broken. The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits the university from making further comments as to the identities of the students, their involvement in the incident, or the specific sanctions against them.
Long-term suspension? That's letting 'em off too easy. Expulsion should have been the punishment, and even that would be going too easy on these racists. Naturally, there was no comment in the university's statement as to the students' motives, but that should be self-evident.


Anonymous said...

I know for a FACT, that this "prank" was NOT racist....far from it. It was a political statement that Barack Obama does NOT have the leadership skills to run this country. It was NOT a lynching. It was not a racist commentary. It was a spur of the moment, college prank, that people were expressing their lack of belief in Obama's leadership skills....Thus the sign "Act Six reject" in, he would not have been given one of the minorities scholarhips, which is based on leadership potential. This was not about complaining about the Act Six Scholarship program. This was NOT a racial act. It was very simply a statement about Obama's ability to lead. Pure and Simple. And I know....for a FACT, as it should be obvious...what I am talking about.

Anonymous said...

I know, for FACT, that the previous commenter is a racist ASS.

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It was a political statement that Barack Obama does NOT have the leadership skills to run this country. It was NOT a lynching. It was not a racist commentary.

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