UT Dean: Obama Twitter Remark “Offensive & Embarrassing”
A Twitter post by the president of the University of Texas at Austin College Republicans was “offensive and embarrassing,” according to the University of Texas dean of students Soncia Reagins-Lilly.
Cassandra Wright Tweeted early on Sunday morning: “My president’s black, he snorts a lot of crack. Holla. #2012 #Obama.” Her account has since been made private.
“We embrace free speech and encourage the open exchange of ideas,” Reagins-Lilly said in a news release. “But we also urge all students, alumni and friends to act respectfully and adhere to The University of Texas at Austin honor code which calls for ‘integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect toward peers and community.’”
The dean’s office said it could not release any information about Wright because of federal privacy law “and concerns about safety.”
The last president of the UT-Austin College Republicans, Lauren Pierce, resigned in November after her Tweet referencing President Obama.
“Y’all as tempting as it may be, don’t shoot Obama. We need him to go down in history as the WORST president we’ve EVER had! #2012,” Pierce wrote after Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was arrested for allegedly trying to shoot up the White House.
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