University Recruiter Asks African American Students to Line Up by Skin Tone and Hair Style

A recruiter from Oklahoma Christian University visited the Harding Charter Preparatory in Oklahoma City. The recruiter asked the African American students to line up based on the tone of their skin from lightest to darkest. He then told the students to line up in a different order with those with the straightest hair in front and those with the “nappiest hair” in back.

Students and teachers became very upset with the recruiter and some were seen to be crying. The recruiter was asked to leave and he was later fired by the university.

The university issued a statement that read: “The admissions counselor who visited Harding Charter Preparatory Academy on Monday is no longer an Oklahoma Christian University employee. OC admissions leadership did not approve the inappropriate activity in advance and has communicated closely with Harding administration since the visit. Admissions staff are scheduled to visit the academy to apologize to Harding students and staff on behalf of the University.”

Oklahoma Chrisitan University in Edmund enrolls about 1,900 undergraduate students and slightly more than 300 graduate students according to the latest data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 7 percent of the undergraduate student body.

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