Get FIU to impose further disciplinary actions for use of racial slurs.

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On September 15th, 2020 a video of three non-black FIU softball players using the n-word was made public. Students Maddison Lewis, Alexis Johns and Brittany Philips made a Tiktok in which they were aggressively screaming the derogatory word.

FIU administration has yet to take any serious disciplinary action against these students. Instead the president, Mark B. Rosenberg, released an email on September 16th, 2020 saying “we support and defend the constitutional right of every member of the community to free speech.”

On September 14th, 2020 President Rosenberg released a university-wide email stating the university’s efforts in “addressing racial injustice in our community and, closer to home, at our university” by appointing EK Hudson to lead FIU’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. However, despite their so called “commitment” they refuse to impose any serious disciplinary actions on the above mentioned perpetrators.

Due to the above reasons I call on to the greater community to urge FIU’s administration, with special direction towards President Mark B. Rosenberg and Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Kay “EK” Hudson to take this racial injustice seriously, demand justice for those hurt by this wrongful act and to set the precedent that racial slurs are unacceptable within our Panther community.