Loughborough University has offered an apology after an event in which students were auctioned off prompted backlash.
According to the New York Post, the event was known both as a "slave auction" and "slave night" before outrage at the name prompted a change. The controversial happening was part of the school's freshman week.
“Faraday Hall on the campus was going to hold an event called ‘Slave Night’ where people would go along and buy other people," said a student who asked not to be named. “I’m black and from Africa and I complained to Faraday Hall without anything happening. Eventually I contacted the vice chancellor and he got it stopped... This has caused a lot of disgust among the ethnic minority students.”
Members of an African-Caribbean Society stated that they were appalled by “such displays of ignorance and blatant disregard for coloured people... To make matters worse the event was scheduled to take place during our month of black appreciation.”
An apology was offered on the Faraday Freshman 2017 official Facebook page:
“‘Slave Night’ is an unacceptable and racist title. As a committee we are deeply saddened to realize that we have caused offence and regret that entirely," reads the post.
“This type of event is not appropriate and has no place at the University," said Loughborough University’s chief operating officer, Richard Taylor. “Working with the Students’ Union, the University will sit down with students on their return and explore why this event was proposed and what we need to do better in the future so that this does not happen again.”
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