An administrator at a Kentucky university has had to apologize for sending an anti-Trump message to members of the school ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
Mordean Taylor-Archer, vice provost for diversity and international affairs for the University of Louisville, sent an email to friends and co-workers urging them to fight against the “racist” Republicans.
As Fox News reported:
Mordean Taylor-Archer… sent an email to the campus community on Wednesday encouraging students to “join the fight against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, ethnocentrism…” Taylor-Archer is responsible for “responding to the educational needs and providing relevant services to students of color, especially African American and Hispanic/Latino students,” according to her bio on the school’s website.
Without explicitly naming Trump, she wrote that students should oppose “the proposed policy that would define gender at birth, acts that separate immigrant children from their parents and the deployment of the military to stop immigrants who traveled thousands of miles to seek freedom and opportunities from entering this country.”
But, students did not appreciate the political email coming from someone who is supposed to be about tolerance and diversity.
“[T]he email spoke and called for students to stand up against current policies and stances of President Donald Trump. Said statement, from an official UofL account and from a Vice Provost, is grossly inappropriate given we are a week before midterm elections,” student Aaron Spalding told The College Fix. “I feel personally insulted that such an implication has been made and that it has been loosely affiliated to the aforementioned grotesque acts of violence.”
After the complaints, the administrator reversed course and apologized for the email.
In an email the following day, Taylor-Archer walked back her statement and said she regretted if the university appeared it was taking a political stance.
“While attempting to show support for those members of campus, I inadvertently alienated others,” Taylor-Archer wrote in part. “That was not my intent…”
The school also hastened to note that as a policy it is non-partisan and does not support any particular party as an organization.
“The University of Louisville is proud of its history of promoting social justice, and we continue to strive for diversity, equity and inclusion,” said university spokesman John Karman. “That includes diversity of political thought.”
The complaints were later withdrawn after the apology was released.
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