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This University President Gives The LAMEST Apology For ‘COTTON Stalk’ Decorations & ‘Black Meals’ At Diversity Dinner

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Lipscomb University President L. Randolph Lowry TRIED it. He thought using cotton stalks and serving “black meals” at a diversity dinner at his home was a good idea. More inside…

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We’re honestly tired of blatant racism being served on a silver platter, only for the person who supposedly knows better to offer up some weak a** apology.

Lipscomb University president L. Randy Lowry hosted a diversity dinner at his home, inviting African-American students to chat about their experience at the predominately white university. Apparently, he thought it was a good idea to decorate the tables with cotton stalk centerpieces.

Sir.

An African-American student who attended the dinner, Nakayla, detailed on Instagram how incredibly offended she and her friend were when they walked in and saw the décor. Not only that, the menu was a TRY as well. The dinner was what she dubbed, “black meals,” including macaroni and cheese, collard greens, corn bread, etc. Oh, and they didn’t have any chairs to sit in while they ate.

She explained:

“So I attend Lipscomb university and as most of you know that is a predominately white school. Tonight AFRICAN AMERICAN students were invited to have dinner with the president of the school. As we arrived to the president's home and proceeded to go in we seen cotton as the center pieces. We also stood and ate dinner, there were no seats to sit in and it felt very uncomfortable. We were very offended, and also the meals that were provided resembled many "black meals" they had mac n cheese, collard greens, corn bread etc.”

Oh and get this…

President Lowry did something similar the night before when Latinos were invited to his home and he served them tacos.

“The night before Latinos also had dinner at his house and they had tacos. They also DIDN'T have the center piece that we HAD tonight,” she wrote.

Finally, the president made his way to their table when Nakayla’s friend asked why was cotton stalks used a center pieces.

“His response was that he didn't know, he seen it before we did, he kind of thought it was " fallish", THEN he said " it ISNT INHERENTLY BAD IF WERE ALL WEARING IT " then walked off.”

WTF!

Read her full account of what happened below:

 

 

So I attend Lipscomb university and as most of you know that is a predominately white school. Tonight AFRICAN AMERICAN students were invited to have dinner with the president of the school. As we arrived to the president's home and proceeded to go in we seen cotton as the center pieces. We also stood and ate dinner, there were no seats to sit in and it felt very uncomfortable. We were very offended, and also the meals that were provided resembled many "black meals" they had mac n cheese, collard greens, corn bread etc. The night before Latinos also had dinner at his house and they had tacos. They also DIDN'T have the center piece that we HAD tonight. A couple of minutes went by, the president was coming around and asking for our names and what our major was. He finally got to our table and my friend @kay_cyann asked why there was cotton on the table as the center piece. His response was that he didn't know, he seen it before we did, he kind of thought it was " fallish", THEN he said " it ISNT INHERENTLY BAD IF WERE ALL WEARING IT " then walked off. Later on all of us that were there were invited into the home, and we had the impression that we were coming to speak about how us as Black people feel about Lipscomb. The whole entire time we were in their home they only talked about themselves( how they met, got married and ended up at lipscomb) & the ONLY question that we were asked was our transformation coming to lipscomb. A couple of women answered the question but they sugar coated it. They said any other questions that we may have can be emailed to the advocate for the Latinos and that a second meeting may be held. Also we don't have an advocate on campus, the only African American advocate we had, no longer works here. The only advocate available to us is the advocate for the Latinos. They claim to have funding for minorities, BUT you have to live up to the expectations of a typical Black family to even get the 1000$.There is NO FUNDING for just us black students. #share

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So wrong on so many levels.

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As expected, president Lowry offered up an apology after receiving backlash, and it's quite lame.

Check it:

Thoughts?

Photos: @nakaylayvonne/Lipscomb University's Website

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