First State Cup marred by racism, Harker responds
Earlier this evening, university President Patrick Harker sent an email to students, staff and faculty in regards to racist comments posted to a popular social media application after this weekend’s football game against Delaware State University.
That app, called Yik Yak, streams anonymous comments from users in a given area.
“It is troubling that this athletic contest between Delaware’s two public universities — a time of fun and celebration — was marred by rude and disrespectful language,” he wrote. “It is even more distressing that we continue to be exposed to such hatred.”
His message calls for the university community to join him in “condemning such hurtful actions that hide behind the mask of anonymity.”
Students have taken to that same app to respond to President Harker’s email, some commenting that the email came too late and others posting in the affirmative, with one “Yakker” posting “props to pres Harker.”
In one post that gained several “upvotes” and comments, a student wrote, “okay, I understand that most people on this campus come from small white towns where it may be normal to make racist jokes, just realize the impact that your ‘jokes’ have on the few minorities here.”
Earlier this week, The Review published an editorial on this issue. That editorial can be accessed here.