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Rally and Apologies Over Racist Video at Oklahoma

January 23, 2019

The two women who made a video featuring blackface and the N-word -- a video that angered many at the University of Oklahoma -- issued apologies that were released by the university Tuesday.

In the apologies, the two women, who have voluntarily left the university, said that they did not intend to cause the hurt that the video created at Oklahoma. "My intent was not to hurt, diminish or degrade anyone," said one of the notes. Both former students said that they regretted their actions.

Hundreds of students and others packed a ballroom at the university Tuesday to speak out against racism. Many charged that the university was not doing enough to prevent incidents like the video, which they said should not be viewed as an isolated incident.

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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