Samford University officials apologized Friday for a racist t-shirt produced by one of the school’s sororities and promised to “address” the issue with the responsible parties.
The t-shirt, produced by the school’s chapter of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, depicts a black man eating a watermelon overlaid on a map of the state of Alabama. School officials said they had rejected the design when it was submitted for approval, but the sorority printed it anyway.
“This is completely inconsistent with the university’s missions and values,” communications official Philip Poole said in a statement. “We will be following our procedures as quickly as possible to address this violation of Samford’s values community.”