Vanderbilt University is currently investigating a racist email advocating white supremacy that was sent out to students and staff members, with the scholl detailing the incident on social media.
The Vanderbilt University NAACP chapter posted a screenshot of the email on Twitter:
“Your command: SUBSCRIBE HITS_DIRS F*** ALL [n-word]!!! White pride at Vanderbilt and worldwide!”
The email then asked readers to click on a link or reply to the message in order to “confirm the execution of your command.” On the same Twitter post, the school’s NAACP chapter issued the following response:
“The white nationalist email blast that was sent out to many Black Students tonight is yet ANOTHER reprehensible display of how racism and hatred is ingrained into Vanderbilt culture”
The source of the email is currently under investigation
Early Tuesday morning, the school issued the following series of statements on its official Twitter account, adding that the email was not issued by the school and that the source of the email was still under investigation.
“On the evening of July 30, some Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff received a deeply disturbing email that contained racist language and promoted white supremacy. It violates our fundamental commitment to fostering an inclusive community and is absolutely unacceptable.”
“Please be aware that Vanderbilt IT is actively working to determine the source of and stop the dissemination of this email. The fact that the communication was NOT an official Vanderbilt University email or correspondence does not diminish the pain that it has caused.”
“At this point, VUIT can confirm the link in the email does not download a virus. However, out of an abundance of caution, we recommend that the recipients not respond to the email and simply delete it.”
“Again, we condemn this despicable communication and reaffirm Vanderbilt’s commitment to the success and positive affirmation of all.”
“Late last night, we became aware that a deeply disturbing email containing racist language and promoting white supremacy was sent to members of the Vanderbilt community. The language and sentiment contained in this message are abhorrent and antithetical to our values as a university community. We condemn this message and the tactics of sowing distrust, division and hatred that it employs. Equity, diversity and inclusion are bedrock values of the Vanderbilt community.”
“Vanderbilt IT has been working through the night and continues today to identify the source of this email and to stop its dissemination and that of any further such emails. VUIT believes this effort was an external attack designed to look like an official Vanderbilt email. Out of an abundance of caution, do not click on any links in the email or respond to it. VUPD is also aware of and tracking this issue. The fact that the communication was NOT an official Vanderbilt University email or correspondence does not diminish the pain that it has caused to members of the Vanderbilt community.”