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Marquette cancels offer to lacrosse player on George Floyd Snapchat

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Marquette University said it had canceled the offer of admission for an incoming student Monday after screenshots from a Snapchat it posted commenting on the death of George Floyd sparked outrage on social media.

Screenshots from the publication ricocheted on Twitter, attracting condemnation for an “offensive comment” she made about the decision of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin to support his knee to Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes, suffocating him.

Twitter screenshots show that the first-year post compared Floyd’s death to the peaceful demonstration of kneeling during the national anthem.

“Some ppl think it’s okay to kneel (explicitly) during the national anthem, so it’s ok to kneel on someone’s head,” reads the post in the new student. ” Come to me. You’ve all been brainwashed. “

Marquette spokeswoman Lynn Griffith confirmed that the student’s offer to attend college was canceled on Monday.

On Friday, the university learned about Snapchat and the university discovered that the student, who was to play with the women’s lacrosse team on a scholarship, had also used racially offensive language in other positions .

“Following an internal review involving the Student Affairs Division, undergraduate admissions, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and intercollegiate athletics, and in accordance with our guiding values, Marquette University made the decision to cancel the admission and athletics offer of the incoming student. scholarship, effective immediately, “said Griffith.

“As a Jesuit Catholic institution, we are called to build a fulfilling and inclusive community where all people feel safe, supported, welcomed and celebrated. “

Floyd’s death has sparked peaceful protests and civil unrest across America as citizens take a stand against police brutality against black people.

Despite campus closings due to the coronavirus epidemic, campus leaders in Wisconsin have spoken out against Floyd’s murder, encouraging members of their communities to reflect on the injustices that black Americans face in everyday life.

Marquette students Breanna Flowers, president of the university’s Black Student Council, and Lazabia Jackson, vice president of BSC, told the Sentinel Journal in a joint statement that they supported the university’s decision.

But they noted that the university had a long way to go to make Marquette a place where black students truly feel at home, calling the campus a “mini-suburb.”

“The university is in the middle of a predominantly black city, with only 4% of black university students struggling to maintain,” said Flowers and Jackson. “It’s not because black students are not as smart … The problem is that they do not recruit fairly. “

“It is time for Marquette to wake up and respect his Jesuit values ​​and treat his black students as they count,” said the students.

In a blog post published the same day that the student’s Snapchat appeared, William Welburn, vice president for inclusive excellence, reflected on the shockwaves that Floyd had sent across the country, remembering the saw the words: “I can’t breathe. ”

“Right now, I’m reading an email from a friend who wonders what she can do as the mother of a black boy to” protect him from the ugliness of the world, “” Welburn wrote. “It troubles me that it seems that we as a society are begging for an end to the racial violence – physical, mental and emotional – inflicted on people of color. ”

Contact Devi Shastri at 414-224-2193 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @DeviShastri.

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