November 30, 2015 Bellingham Racial Justice Coalition
Events leading up to and following the violent threats against Black students at Western Washington University
July 2015 – A professor sends correspondence to WWU student government members Belina Seare (student body president) and Abby Ramos (VP for diversity) about the mascot and how it doesn’t represent all students.
October 2015 – Ramos replies to confirm the need/desire for a general discussion about the mascot among all students.
November 19 – WWU’s campus newspaper, The Western Front, reports on an effort led by a professor to survey students about the school mascot.
Vikings no more? Survey to be created to question Western mascot
Editors note: The Western Front would like to clarify that this was a discussion about the mascot. There are no formal measure to change the mascot. **Editors note: In an earlier version, The Western Front erroneously stated that a letter was sent to the Athletics Department to express concerns Michael Karlberg has regarding the mascot.
November 20 –
KIRO 7 in Seattle picks up the story, and publishes news about the survey that misrepresents the origins and nature of the mascot discussion. WWU’s administration takes no measure to correct the claims reported by KIRO 7. […]
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