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WFR Editorial Board Condemns Former Student’s Racist Comments Towards RA

In the early morning hours of January 20, students were alerted by Vice President of Student Life Penny Rue, via email, about an incident that occurred between a student and her Resident Advisor. The student had come back from a fraternity function and had a run-in with her RA, calling the individual a racial slur.

In the email Rue said, “We are currently engaged in discussions with multiple individuals as we continue to gather details preceding, leading up to, and after the incident.” Rue also said that “Racist and discriminatory behaviors are not tolerated at Wake Forest. We are taking this matter seriously and are conducting a thorough investigation.”

The Wake Forest Review unequivocally condemns this act of explicit and heinous racism and any act of racism occurring on or off campus. The term used by the student is one fraught with history, demeaning, and quite frankly, disgusting and dehumanizing. The Wake Forest Review furthermore stands in firm support of the administration’s actions involving the student, who according to President Nathan O. Hatch’s university-wide statement, is “no longer enrolled at Wake Forest.”

Especially in this contentious and often toxic political environment, the need to recognize common humanity and full castigation for those who debase others, especially through impropriety based on identity, transcends any political affiliation and is of the utmost importance.

We further would like to extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the members of the Wake Forest community who feel threatened, broken, and damaged by this student’s remarks, or recent remarks akin to this made at the University of Alabama.

Especially in this contentious and often toxic political environment, the need to recognize common humanity and full castigation for those who debase others, especially through impropriety based on identity, transcends any political affiliation and is of the utmost importance.

The Wake Forest Review is fully aware of this need and desires to meet it. Thus, we too offer solidarity to the entire Wake Forest community, especially those who need healing the most.

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