Some Citadel cadets may be suspended after abhorrent images depicting students dressed in white hoods surfaced online on Thursday.
Screenshots of the video were posted on Facebook by a woman who discovered the footage on Snapchat. She posted the photos on social media because she found them offensive.
The cadets are pictured in white pants, shirts, gloves and pillow cases over their heads with slits cut out for their eyes.
Lieutenant General John W. Rosa, the president of the Citadel, found the images “offensive and disturbing.” He noted that the preliminary reports suggested the cadets were singing Christmas carols as part of a “Ghosts of Christmas Past” skit, but stresses that the “images are not consistent with our core values of honor, duty and respect.”
Officials immediately proceeded with suspensions for the cadets involved and are investigating the outrageous incident.
The horrifying photos are part of an unsettling trend of racist imagery and actions coming out of academic institutions. Not only have fraternities been accused of alarming xenophobia eerily reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan but even America’s top universities are being chastised for their casual instances of racism. Where can minority students go to feel safe?
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