According to a report in the student newspaper, a group of Black students at the University of Florida was subjected to racial slurs by two White male students. The Black students were in a van operated by Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol, a free service to provide safe transportation for students around campus. At 2 a.m. the van was approached by two White male students. One of the students said, “Go to sleep niggers.”
The University of Florida enrolls more than 35,000 undergraduate students, according to the latest data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up just 6 percent of the undergraduate student body whereas Blacks make up 16 percent of the state’s population.