In a residence hall lounge last night, a student used a racist term in the context of a discussion among students about language and freedom of expression. One of the students who was in the discussion posted part of the exchange in a video on Twitter, along with their concerns.
The university responded to the tweet and video. We do not condone the use of racist language. We recognize the harmful impact.
It is vital that we recognize the historical context of the language we use. A slur that has been used in the context of racism, bigotry, discrimination and violence does harm when it is used without understanding its context and painful impact on members of our community.