The president of Colorado State University has just released an epic apology for the racist incident that happened during an admissions tour at the school this week.
Two Native American teens, 19-year-old Thomas Kanewakeron Gray and 17-year-old Lloyd Skanahwati Gray, had scraped up money and traveled to tour their “dream school.” The mother of another student touring the school called the police on them because she was “nervous” that they were being quiet. The two teens were stopped and had their pockets searched by cops. They lost the tour and felt dejected, so they left.
#BREAKING: CSU has released the lapel video and the 911 call associated with the two Native American boys who were reported during their college tour. I spoke to their mother to get her reaction. Tune in to the @DenverChannel to hear their mom’s reaction to this. @koat7news pic.twitter.com/7ixr9nlePM
— Mikayla Ortega (@MikaylaNewsNow) May 4, 2018
“They scraped together their dollars, made arrangements themselves to register for the campus tour, and took the only car we have and drove up there,” their mom said. “And how it ended was even worse.”
Now, university president Dr. Tony Frank is speaking up and forcefully apologizing.
“Two young men, through no fault of their own, wound up frightened and humiliated because another campus visitor was concerned about their clothes and overall demeanor, which appears to have simply been shyness,” he wrote. “If you’re uncomfortable with a diverse and inclusive academic environment, then you probably have a better fit elsewhere.”
“Hate is not made uncomfortable. Hate does not shrink from fear. What affects hate is our willingness to shine a bright and unwavering light on it and to face it and confront it,” he said. “There is no place for hate at Colorado State University, and we will not be silent when we see it.”
Read the full statement here.