Xavier president 'outraged' at student blackface photo

Xavier student appears in black face
Published: Oct. 25, 2016 at 4:27 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2016 at 2:38 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Xavier University's president says he is "outraged and deeply troubled" by a pair of racist images circulating on social media Tuesday.

The first photo shows a woman wearing apparent blackface with the caption "Who needs white when black lives matter." It appears to have been originally posted on Snapchat.

Some students feel the freshman who is from Batavia, is clearly mocking black people and the Black Lives Matter movement. Members of Xavier's Black Student Association said they hope to educate students on what happened.

"Some people don't even know what it is and why its offensive, so that's one of the issues we want to tackle," Kaelan Doolan with the Black Student Association said.

The second image shows a hanging skeleton dressed in Dashiki, a garment that originates from West Africa.

The photos are connected to Xavier students, according to President Mike Graham.

"Please be assured this is being addressed on campus through a variety of channels," Graham wrote in an email to staff and students Tuesday morning.

It's not clear where the racist images originated, but several students sent the photos to FOX19 NOW over social media.

Graham told students he will continue to keep them updated on the situation.

"Racist actions are unacceptable on our campus, and we have mechanisms to respond in a responsible and thoughtful manner. When one of us falls short, we all fall short," Graham's email continued. "Many of our students, of all races, are in pain over this. Steps are being taken to make sure that all members of the Xavier community know that we must act with integrity, justice and generosity, in solidarity for and with each other."

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