Vanderbilt University condemned a "deeply disturbing" e-mail that conveyed alleged white superiority to students, faculty, and staff.
The private university in Nashville, Tennessee, said on Twitter the e-mail Monday night included "racist language and promoted white supremacy" and "violates our fundamental commitment to fostering an inclusive community and is absolutely unacceptable . "
"The language and sentiment in this message are disgusting and contrary to our values as a university community," Provost Susan Wente and Deputy Vice Chancellor Tina Smith emailed Tuesday morning. "We condemn this message and the tactics of sowing suspicion, division and hatred.
They continued," Equality, diversity and inclusion are core values of the Vanderbilt community. "
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On Monday night, Vanderbilt NAACP tweeted a screenshot of the alleged email, which resembles spam, with "Your command "addressed e-mail caps lock, and bizarre language, including" White Pride at Vanderbilt and worldwide! "
"The white nationalist explosion of e-mail sent to many Black Students tonight is another reprehensible portrayal of how racism and hatred are rooted in Vanderbilt culture." The NAACP chapter tweeted and added : "Now let's hope that @ VanderbiltU actually takes action …"
Smith and Wente said that the university's information technology team is working to identify the source of the email and "stop the spread and more e-mails. "
"The fact that the communication was NOT an official E-mail or correspondence from Vanderbilt University does not diminish the pain it caused." wrote the university. "We once again condemn this despicable communication and reaffirm Vanderbilt's commitment to the success and positive affirmation of all."
The university said that the e-mail does not contain a link to the virus, but recommends that whoever receives it not answer but deletes
The Vanderbilt University Police Department is aware of the problem and turns away to the school too.