In a clip that has gone viral, a University of Florida marshal was seen throwing several black students off stage as they walked to receive diplomas at graduation.
For black greek students it is tradition to "stroll" or do a dance representative of your organization, as you walk across the stage. UF's president was unaware of the fact and viewed their symbolic dancing as horseplay and disciplined accordingly.
According to The Shaderoom;
The incident caused immense backlash from students like Mackintosh Joachin who said, “This is absolutely disgusting, these students have paid more (than) $40,000 in tuition and if they want to dance for 4 secs then it’s their prerogative.”
Nafeesah Attah was one of the students who was ushered off the stage and was deeply offended, because her dance was a “symbolic gesture and a tribute to her sorority,” according to @CNN.
“He really aggressively pushed me and put his hands on me, and really took away that moment of me celebrating my graduation,” Attah told @HLN. “It was directly targeted and contingent upon your race. There were other students prior to us going up there who were white who did back-flips and took selfies, who did a spin on stage and they were not handled in the same regard.”
The clip has been flooding news channels and students continue to be outraged. UF issued apologies later in the day by sating “The University is proud of the achievements of every single one of our graduates and regrets that any celebration of the day may have been diminished by those monitoring a graduation ceremony,” they tweeted.
President Kent Fuchs even apologized as well.