Lipscomb University President Randy Lowry said he would meet with black students this week in the wake of a controversy over the stylistic theme and sustenance at a supper in his home.
As per a few students, vases with stalks of cotton were put on the tables. One understudy named Nakayla said in a post on Instagram that the centerpieces were included for the supper with African-American students and were absent for a supper held for Latino students the day preceding.
“So I go to Lipscomb university and as the majority of you realize that is a predominately white school,” Nakayla wrote in a protracted post.
“This evening AFRICAN AMERICAN students were welcome to eat with the president of the school.
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As we touched base to the president’s home and continued to go in we considered cotton to be the middle pieces.”
So I attend Lipscomb university and as most of you know that is a predominately white school. Tonight AFRICAN AMERICAN students were invited to have dinner with the president of the school. As we arrived to the president's home and proceeded to go in we seen cotton as the center pieces. We also stood and ate dinner, there were no seats to sit in and it felt very uncomfortable. We were very offended, and also the meals that were provided resembled many "black meals" they had mac n cheese, collard greens, corn bread etc. The night before Latinos also had dinner at his house and they had tacos. They also DIDN'T have the center piece that we HAD tonight. A couple of minutes went by, the president was coming around and asking for our names and what our major was. He finally got to our table and my friend @kay_cyann asked why there was cotton on the table as the center piece. His response was that he didn't know, he seen it before we did, he kind of thought it was " fallish", THEN he said " it ISNT INHERENTLY BAD IF WERE ALL WEARING IT " then walked off. Later on all of us that were there were invited into the home, and we had the impression that we were coming to speak about how us as Black people feel about Lipscomb. The whole entire time we were in their home they only talked about themselves( how they met, got married and ended up at lipscomb) & the ONLY question that we were asked was our transformation coming to lipscomb. A couple of women answered the question but they sugar coated it. They said any other questions that we may have can be emailed to the advocate for the Latinos and that a second meeting may be held. Also we don't have an advocate on campus, the only African American advocate we had, no longer works here. The only advocate available to us is the advocate for the Latinos. They claim to have funding for minorities, BUT you have to live up to the expectations of a typical Black family to even get the 1000$.There is NO FUNDING for just us black students. #share
Nakayla said the experience was “exceptionally awkward” and numerous students at the supper were outraged. At the point when students asked president Lowry the thinking behind the cotton masterpieces, he apparently said he thought it was “fallish.”
“At that point he stated, ‘It isn’t innately awful if were (sic) all wearing it,’ at that point strolled off,” Nakayla composed.
Students were likewise annoyed that the nourishment served appeared to take after “black suppers” and included chile cake, macaroni and cheddar and collard greens. Nakayla wrote in her Instagram post that the Latino students were served tacos amid their supper with the president.
Following online networking backfire, Lowry issued a conciliatory sentiment saying the substance of the centerpieces was “hostile.”
“A few students imparted to me their worry about the material utilized for centerpieces which contained stalks of cotton,” a message presented on the school’s Facebook page read.
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“I could have taken care of the circumstance with greater affectability. I earnestly apologize for the distress, outrage or frustration we caused and request your absolution.”