BIRMINGHAM (TAB) — Samford University in Birmingham issued an apology today for “the offensive image” that appeared on T-shirts produced by one of its sororities.
The Kappa chapter of Alpha Delta Pi produced a shirt for its spring formal that included an image of a black man eating a watermelon.
Samford said the shirt design was submitted to the university for approval and rejected, but the sorority had the shirts printed anyway, without the university’s knowledge.
Samford President Andrew Westmoreland said in an email to students and faculty, “This is an abhorrent, disrespectful expression that is completely inconsistent with our core principles. … It is a poignant, gripping reminder that, regardless of progress made, additional progress awaits us.
“Let me add this personal word to our employees and students of color, in the hope that you can know of my personal embarrassment. I was repulsed by the image. I lack the words to express my own sense of frustration. I am certain that you will receive apologies from those who were responsible for creating the shirt, but I want you to know now of my personal apology for the fact that it happened.”