Gov. Gordon responds, outraged by racist incident during UW Black History Month event
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Release/AP) - Governor Mark Gordon has issued the following statement on the racist disruption that occurred earlier this week during a Zoom discussion that was part of the University of Wyoming’s Black History Month activities. UW’s response to the incident may be found here:
I am saddened and angered that anyone would invade a constructive educational moment with such vile sentiments of hate, and adamantly condemn these atrocious actions. The degenerates who committed this act should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for their faceless cowardice and reprehensible behavior. Wyoming’s Constitution is clear and unambiguous. In assuring the rights of all “its citizens shall be without distinction of race, color, sex or any circumstance.”
As I have stated previously, Wyoming is not, and never will be, a place where bigotry and hatred is tolerated, and I am committed to ensuring it is welcoming to all. I support the investigation that has been opened into these events and I hope that the perpetrators are held accountable.
According to the Associated Press, authorities in Wyoming have launched an investigation after a virtual Black history event hosted by the University of Wyoming’s Black Studies Center was interrupted with racist slurs and pornographic images.
The Casper Star-Tribune reported that the university hosted a panel discussion Monday on Zoom about the film “Black Wall Street: Before they Die!” which according to the event description “explores the death of Black Wall Street from the survivors’ point of view.” The university said about 30 minutes into the discussion, a pornographic image and a racial slur appeared on the screen followed by a voice. The University of Wyoming has said it is working with law enforcement to determine those responsible.
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