A student at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry of the State University of New York was expelled after he posted a racist video. The video shows two men holding guns in a wooded area. They load their weapons and fire at a tree. Before the shots, one of the men yells, “This is what we do to niggers.”
When the university became aware of the video, it identified the student and expelled him.
Deborah F. Stanley, interim chancellor of the State University of New York System, issued a statement that read:
“The racially charged act involving a SUNY ESF student is deeply disturbing and horrific. We commend President Mahoney for taking swift action to inform the campus community and holding the student accountable. I know that all of us in the SUNY community of students, faculty, and staff stand with SUNY ESF in this difficult time in sending a strong message that these disgusting displays of racism and hate will always be met with immediate response of condemnation and unity, and have no place on our campuses or anywhere in our society.”
The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry enrolls about 1,750 undergraduate students, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up just 2 percent of the undergraduate student body.