Samford Apologizes for Racist Sorority T-Shirt

May 16, 2016

The Alpha Delta Pi sorority at Samford University, in Alabama, has angered many on campus and elsewhere by producing a T-shirt featuring a map of the state, with an image depicting a stereotypical black man eating watermelon in one corner of the design. The university says it specifically told the sorority not to produce the T-shirt, but it did so anyway. Images from the shirt (right) have been circulating on social media. R. Philip Kimrey, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, issued a statement in which he said that the university "apologizes for the offensive image," which he called "completely inconsistent with the university's mission and values." He said that the university would be "following our procedures as quickly as possible" to deal with potential violations of the university's rules.

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