University of Florida Accused Of Racism After Manhandling Black Grads On Stage

Lewis Collier
May 8, 2018

The University of Florida drew criticism after several black graduates were forcibly ushered off stage after "strolling" - described as a black fraternity and sorority cultural tradition - during the school's weekend commencement ceremony, Time reported.

Another angle shows the man flinging students across the stage in a more aggressive manner. "I personally apologize, and am reaching out to the students involved", Fuchs said.

"I want our students to know that we've changed that practice and also want each one of you to know that we celebrate you, your graduation and your accomplishments". One man wrote on Twitter, "Somebody please find out this employee's name!" While the man on stage appeared to be reacting to any student who paused to display joy, it became an issue of race because people made it an issue of race, whether the facts support that assertion or not.

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The university also released a statement saying it "regrets that any celebration of the day may have been diminished" by the incidents. However, the usher was seen grabbing mostly black students and hurrying them across the stage. Watch it for yourself.

Another graduate tweeted that she "almost fell when he pushed me". He decided that the science, technology, engineering and math program was a better fit - even though the school was unaccredited at the time. Obviously, Twitter had plenty to say about the situation, with alumni of the school and graduation attendees voicing their outrage over the incident and how it's been handled by the University. "It was just really uncalled for, especially for anyone not martially trained to do that".

Fuchs reiterated his comments during a speech at another one of the university's spring commencement ceremonies on Sunday afternoon.

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