Thomas J. LeBlanc, president of George Washington University in Washington, D.C apologized for a remark that many observers believed was highly offensive to African Americans. In a video that was posted on social media, President LeBlanc was asked by a student if he would divest holdings of companies producing fossil fuels and close a center on campus that is funded by companies in the fossil fuel business if a majority of university students requested that he do so.
In response, President LeBlanc said: “What if the majority of the students agreed to shoot all the Black people here? Do I say, ‘Ah, well the majority voted?’”
After an uproar on campus, President LeBlanc issued a statement saying: “I attempted to emphasize a point and used an insensitive example that I realize could be hurtful to members of our community. The point I was making — that majority rule should never suppress the human rights of others — was obscured by the example I used. I regret my choice of words and any harm I unintentionally inflicted on a community I value greatly.”