Gates Continues to Address Racism at Texas A&M

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Nov 11, 2006 2:35pm

In a letter to students, faculty and staff, Texas A&M President Robert Gates, who was nominated this week by President Bush for Secretary of Defense, wrote the following: MEMORANDUM TO: Students, Faculty and Staff SUBJECT: Update regarding racially offensive video In follow-up to my recent email regarding a racially offensive video, I’m writing to update you on the status of the situation. After receiving complaints Monday morning, the University initiated an investigation of an internet-based video.  As you know, the video was racially degrading and was inconsistent with the core values of Texas A&M University. THE BLOTTER RECOMMENDS Gates’ Unfinished Business: Racism at Texas A&M Video Leads Sheriff’s Office to Apologize for Attack on Protesters Click Here to Check Out More of the Brian Ross Page The three individuals who created the video two years ago were later identified as students at Texas A&M and met with University officials.  In meetings on Tuesday, the students immediately admitted responsibility for the video and expressed regret.  After discussions
with University officials, all three students withdrew from the institution by Thursday. Early Tuesday morning, the University requested that the internet host remove the video and it was taken down later that morning.  I issued a statement early Tuesday afternoon denouncing the video and its effect.  The University sponsored an open forum Tuesday evening to discuss the video and provide an opportunity for the University community to express its concerns. Texas A&M reaffirms its commitment to improving the campus climate for all members of the University community, especially those from under-represented populations.  I have charged Dr. Tito Guerrero, Vice President for Diversity, to serve as the point-person for
administrative efforts in collaboration with faculty, staff and students to advance diversity education, including implementation of a new University-wide diversity plan developed over the past year. I ask the University community to join us in creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive educational environment. Robert M. Gates
President, Texas A&M University

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