University of Arkansas leaders address race and diversity after viral Snapchat post
Fayetteville (KFSM/KATV) —
A viral Snapchat post prompted University of Arkansas leaders to host a town hall Monday night in order to discuss race and diversity among students on campus.
According to our CNN content partner KFSM, a former student of the University posted a picture of himself on Snapchat, showing himself with a black face. The caption read, "I hope this offends someone." Behind the former student, in the background, hung a poster that advertises for the movie Black Panther. Afterward, the post went viral, causing a lot of concern.
KFSM reports the student left campus before facing any consequences.
Sophmore Kandyse Flanagan said, "With that whole black face thing going on, I wanted to see what the campus had to say for itself."
University Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz said the post was saddening.
"I thought our education can never be enough. It can never be deep enough and so I was saddened by it," Steinmetz explained.
Univerisity leaders were asked by students who attended the town hall how they will curtail chances of this happening again.
"I'm hoping that what happened on this campus... will never happen again here on this campus," Student Tiana Willams said.
Flanagan added, "These things are still happening and they still can happen...I just want everyone to realize we are trying to make a change here."