Again? New UT College GOP Leader in Tweet Row
For the second time in a little more than a month, a president of the University of Texas College Republicans is facing pressure to resign after posting a racially-charged comment about President Obama.
"My president is black, he snorts a lot of crack. Holla! #2012," Cassandra Wright, who took over as the college GOP's top officer Dec. 1, tweeted yesterday.
In November, ex-president Lauren Pierce told her online followers: "Y'all as tempting as it may be, don't shoot Obama. We need him to go down in history as the WORST president we've EVER had! #2012." Her comment was posted just hours after Pennsylvania State Police arrested a 21-year-old Idaho man for allegedly firing a semi-automatic rifle at the White House.
Wright, then the vice president, supported Pierce.
"I don't really see anything wrong with it," she said, speaking exclusively to ABC News. "It's just a personal comment, not representative of any group. Just freedom of speech, you know?"
Wright defended her crude couplet on Facebook yesterday, writing in a thread that "President Obama has openly admitted to cocaine use. Also its [sic] a play on "My President is Black," a song by rapper Young Jeezy.
But members of her organization were not impressed.
"The opinion of our President Wright is that of her own not in keeping with our core values, our standards, and our code of conduct," Cesar Villareal, a spokesman for the group, wrote in an email to The Daily Texan.
"I was really surprised by [Wright's] tweet," Huey Fischer, president-elect of the UT College Democrats, told Austin's KVUE last night. "It was clearly offensive and it definitely had that strain of racism in it. She seems like a really smart girl. She's a really upbeat person. Someone who seems politically correct most of the time."
"What kind of messed up world is it when I'm studying hard in the library and the Asian guy next to me is watching America's Next Top Model episodes on his laptop??" she wrote.
When a friend took offense, Wright responded: "Asians study a lot, John. If you're offended by my use of stereotype then gtfo [get the f**k out]."
Whether Wright will be made to "get out" herself remains to be seen. Lauren Pierce has remained on as secretary of the statewide Texas College Republicans despite her controversial comments.