GWUFA Statement on LeBlanc’s Racial Comments

Local news coverage of President LeBlanc’s racially “insensitive” remarks broadly condemned his use of a comparison about a hypothetical plan to kill African American students to explain his opposition to cutting ties with the Regulatory Studies Center.

GW President Thomas LeBlanc made a stunning comment to a student activist this week that explained his opposition to cutting ties to the fossil-fuel friendly Regulatory Studies Center by comparing student demands to divest from fossil fuels and cut ties to the Center to a hypothetical plan to kill all the African American students at GW. GWUFA issued a strong statement of protest, making clear the organization’s support for students and faculty of color at GW. Our statement, which also highlighted the lack of diversity of the committee that hired President LeBlanc, was covered by the GW Hatchet. The story of LeBlanc’s statement and his subsequent apology was covered by the Washington Post, Fox 5 news, WAMU radio, and WTOP.

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