The Wharton center gift shop was slammed for highly insensitive racial display during the Black History Month.
Depicting Black folks hanging from a tree is one of the sickest things racists do and have been doing for as long as one can remember but to find such a display at a university is a cause of great concern as they are the temples of learning and racism should have been eliminated in the campuses by now. But it is not so. A recent report by WILX, highlighted a display at Wharton Center gift shop, depicting hanged historical black figures.
A lady faces a blatant symbol of #racism,ignorance,and stupidity.— No Room For Racism (@room_racism) February 3, 2020
She went to see a Jazz concert at Wharton Center for Performing Arts. After the concert she decided to walk into the gift shop to peruse.She looked up and saw this.
I felt nothing but disgust,rage,and sadness. pic.twitter.com/zqRDsKz76U
An MSU student, Krystal Davis-Dunn, posted the image recently after she was appalled at the blatantly racist display. Speaking with News 10, she said: "I don't want to constantly be confronted with images, displays, you know, these messages like all the time like it's a painful response. It's a painful reminder."
MSU Spokesperson Emily Gerkin Guerrant, said in apology: "We sincerely apologize to our community members and have immediately removed the display. Additionally, after the Wharton Center reported the incident, it agreed to provide employees and volunteers with racial bias training that focuses on the impact and understanding of intentional and unintentional racial bias." She added: "We have work to do, and MSU remains committed to creating a culture that is inclusive and safe for all faculty, staff, students and visitors. As we enter Black History Month, it’s important we not only recognize the many contributions of African Americans, but we remember history and confront all bias."
The students, however, feel that the school authorities have not done enough and there have been previous instances of racial bias in the University as well. While the apology may have been an effort to get this episode over with but the University really needs to acknowledge the problem at a deeper level and create nurturing environments free of bias.