Mississippi university says former student made up racist post about herself

Published 3:54 pm Friday, June 12, 2020

A former Mississippi university student allegedly created a racist social media post about herself, school officials say.

Delta State University said the hoax began when the former student submitted a photo on the school’s Facebook page for the “Spring 2020 Commencement Spotlight.”

Then she reportedly created a version of the image that attacked herself, African-Americans and the university and then posted it to her own social media page.

The woman has not been identified and initially denied that she had created the image. The school says she confessed on Thursday.

“We are relieved to have resolved this awful situation,” said Delta State President William N. LaForge. “We are grateful that so many of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends knew, when seeing this loathsome material, not to rush to judgment about Delta State, which has a long track record of promoting and advancing its multicultural heritage and providing a welcoming campus and commitment to inclusiveness.”

The university, along with state and federal authorities, began investigating the issue as soon as the university became aware of the offensive post.

“Cultural sensitivity is a hallmark of Delta State,” LaForge said. “Delta State is an inclusive and diverse community. We are grateful to the DSU Police Department and to state and federal authorities for solving this unfortunate case. And, we want to emphasize that people of all backgrounds are welcomed—and thrive—at Delta State University.”