Videos Show Black UF Students Being Dragged Off Stage During Graduation

 

Disturbing videos have the recent graduation ceremony at the University of Florida have prompted the prompted the school’s president to issue an apology.

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Videos circulating on social media show can usher aggressively grabbing celebrating students and roughly dragging them off of stage. The students shown the videos were black. One of the students told ABC News, “It was definitely contingent on your race … other white students who were dancing were not perceived as a threat.”

UF President W. Kent Fuchs tweeted, “During one of this weekend’s commencement ceremonies, we were inappropriately aggressive in rushing students across the stage. I personally apologize, and am reaching out to the students involved … The practice has been halted for all future ceremonies, and we will work to make sure all graduating students know we are proud of their achievements and celebrate with them their graduation.”

 

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