Monday, November 13, 2006

One of the students involved in the production of the racially charged video that ignited a storm of criticism and protest at Texas A&M University, has issued an apology.

"First and foremost, my sincerest apologies to the Texas A&M community, but especially to the African-American community, and all others who have viewed the video," the student writes in an apology published in the university's student-run newspaper, "The Battalion."

The video in question shows a white student in blackface being disciplined by a second white student playing the role of a slave master with a belt. During the three-and-a-half minute tape, the student in blackface is put through a mock whipping and sexual assault.

The video sparked campus-wide student protests and petitions as well as a strongly worded letter of condemnation from Texas A&M President Robert Gates, who was nominated just last week by President Bush for Secretary of Defense.

How disgusting. Apologies like this are rarely any good. Anybody who has it in his/her heart and soul to act in this way as some kind of "joke" is a total waste of white meat.

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