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Statement from Chancellor Cecil Staton over blackface photos in ECU yearbooks

ECU blackface photos in yearbooks (ECU Yearbook photo)

East Carolina University Chancellor Cecil Staton issued a statement regarding the black face photos found in past school yearbooks.

Werewetoreviewourhistory,wewouldlikelyfindmanythingsforwhichwewould, today,beashamed.Incidentsfrom30-year-oldyearbooksdonotrepresentwhowe are today.Today,wefundamentallyrejectanyexpressionsofracism,bigotryandhatred.And asimperfectasweare,weworkhardeverydaytocreateaninstitutionthatmakesallofus proud. ECU’scommitmenttocultivatingawelcomingenvironmentcontinuestobeahigh priority.
Weprovide many opportunitiesfortheECUcommunitytolearnaboutdiversityandto understandandappreciateculturaldifferences.Infact,thecreationof#ECUnitedwasa grassrootsstudentmovementtobringourcampustogetherasitfacesnationalandglobal challenges. Throughadvocacyandeducation, ECUstrivestodeepentheunderstandingof theissuesfacingourcommunity.ProgramslikeCupolaConversationsandtheNorth CarolinaCivilitySummitfocusonhavingrichconversations,inacivilmanner,abouttopics suchashate,racism,violence,andpoliticaldivision.
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