Footage of Katelyn Rust, an Ohio State University sophomore, making a racist comment went viral on social media on Monday.
Rust was recorded on video saying: “F*** yourself you’re hooking up with a black girl, that’s weird. That’s weird as f***. F*** you.”
Another student at a different college, Aleigha Mason posted the video on her Twitter. Mason, a freshman at Miami University in Ohio, identified the girl in the video as Rust.
The Panhellenic Association at Ohio State does not condone racism. We are currently investigating the recent incident.
— OSU Panhellenic (@ohiostatepha) August 21, 2017
via The Tab:
In the original video, you can hear the girl who Mason identified as Katelyn Rust say, “Fuck yourself you’re hooking up with a black girl, that’s weird”. She continues to re-iterate her initial comment until the video ends.
“It’s crazy that racism still exists here @OhioState can’t believe the color of my skin is ‘weird’,” Mason said in a tweet addressing the video.
After removing the tweet, Mason issued a statement thanking her followers for the support and announcing that she chose to remove the video “because at the end of the day [Katelyn Rust] is a human too even though she thinks I am less than that.”
The Tab reached out to both Aleigha and Katelyn for a comment, however, both did not respond
Rust released a statement to The Lantern, apologizing for her actions:
“First and foremost racism is wrong. I, in no way, think that anyone is less of a person than anyone else because of their skin color, nationality, religion, sexual preference or otherwise and sincerely apologize for all the words in this twitter video.”
“I have personally apologized to the young woman who posted this video and explained that my weird reference had nothing to do with her skin color. I was quite simply very hurt, and angry with an ex-boyfriend and jealous of her. Nothing more.”
“Again, I say in the strongest possible terms that racism is despicable and I apologize for any hurt or pain this tweet caused this young woman or anyone else. I sincerely ask for forgiveness from this young women (sic), the OSU student body, faculty and alumni family.”