Texas State student body president under fire over racially charged social media post
The student body president for Texas State University is under fire for a social media post from 2014. The senior apologized on social media last week but many outspoken students are still calling for him to resign.
Student Body President Connor Cleggs sat before hundreds of enraged classmates on Monday who demanded his resignation, or for the student government to start impeachment proceedings.
The university paper was given a tip by a student of a 2014 Instagram post from Cleggs where he's seen taking a selfie with an Asian tourist while on vacation in Europe -- with the hashtag #PearlHarborWasBad #kimjonil #asianfellows.
The post not only angered students, but the university president couldn't ignore it.
"I have said before that racism in any manifestation is abhorrent. We expect our students to uphold the universities core values of diversity inclusion and unity -- especially our student government leaders. Connor has apologized. I am hopeful that his apology truly reflects his sentiments," said Texas State President Denise Trauth.
Last Thursday, Cleggs took to Facebook to apologize with over an three-minute video.
"I want to assure you, and those who know me will surely agree, that my heart harbors no hate for anyone," said Cleggs.
Hundreds of Texas State students gathered at the quad Monday evening to hold a rally and march to the student government meeting.
Senior Tafari Robertson, with the universities pan African action committee, said the protest is more than just calling for a change and student body leadership. "We're looking at the support students receive when racist instances happen. Would like for them to put together a task force to address the heat on campus," said Robertson.
At the end of public comment in the student government meeting, Cleggs took to the podium to reiterate his apology. "I've taken everything you've said to heart. I'm going to do what I'm going to do. I'm going to pray on it," said Cleggs.
As of Monday, Cleggs hasn't made a decision on if you'll step down or if he'll stay in office.