A White student at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, participated in a stand-up comedy performance as part of an “open mic night” sponsored by the university’s radio station. A video of segments of the routine was posted on social media.
The segment begins with the student says, “It’s amazing. White people, we can’t really tell Black people what to do anymore. We used to be able to do that. But we can’t anymore.” The student went on to say, “I’m just jealous about the fact that Black people are allowed to physically assault their children and I’m not. Can you imagine if a White person beat their kid? The whole country would grind to a halt.”
The microphone was then taken from the student by event organizers. The university’s Bias Incident Committee determined that the comedy routine was a bias incident.
Bryant University, which has a business-oriented curriculum, enrolls just under 3,500 undergraduate students and less than 300 graduate students, according to the latest data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans are 3 percent of the undergraduate student body.