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NKU receives backlash after inclusion statement

June 5, 2020

NKU released a statement Thursday about discrimination and freedom of speech after screenshots circulated social media allegedly showing an incoming freshman using the hashtag #WhiteLivesMatterMore as part of #WhiteOutWednesday, a hashtag made in opposition to #BlackOutTuesday to support the protestors. 


Students, alumni and community members took to social media to express their disappointment and frustrations at NKU’s statement. Student leader Isabel Sleczkowski created a petition calling for NKU and President Ashish Vaidya to rescind the freshman’s admission offer.

Former Student Body President Jarett Lopez responded to NKU’s statement.

Other students and alumni commented on how they feel NKU should respond.

As of Friday afternoon, NKU has yet to respond to the backlash.

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