A video showing students at the University of Tennessee at Martin using racial slurs, including the N-word, and saying “I hate blacks” went viral after being shared online on June 30, prompting a vow of action from Chancellor Keith Carver on July 1.
The video was viewed thousands of times after being shared on Facebook on June 30 by Reina Más’Malo. “Really disturbed by this video because one of these girls is suppose to be my family, and the other one, we all went to school together and have been around each other since we were LITTLE,” said Más’Malo. “Never would I have suspected them to post such foul things.”
The alleged identities of the individuals in the video were widely shared on social media after the post went viral, but Storyful cannot independently verify these. UT Martin confirmed in a June 30 statement that the individuals in the video were students.
Carver, flanked by Tonya Parson and April Armstrong, two black alumni members, said in a video statement on July 1 that the university was “acting on [the video], right now, today.”
“The black lives that are associated with UT Martin matter, they also matter all across our state, our country, and our globe, and we can work together to make our campus better for everyone moving forward,” said Carver. Credit: UT Martin Chancellor Keith Carver via Storyful