“Many of us believe this situation is something we cannot tolerate here on our campus,” said Cook, referring to the social media post of the student in black face makeup. “The question then is ‘what do we do now?’ The purpose of this town hall is to help resolve tension by establishing effective communication between students and the administration. Our goal is to strengthen the relationships between us as a Razorback family. This may also be an opportunity for students to voice their experiences on campus, experiences that many may be unfamiliar with.”The Traveler interviewed the student after the controversy erupted. He said he regretted posting the photo, but also said in a Facebook post that the response was not justified.
“Offense is taken, not given, and I did nothing illegal. The threats I’ve received for assault and alluding to my death, however, are very illegal. I am willing to make a public apology to attempt reprimanding the situation. But I am in no way responsible for how people interpret me or my actions. That’s all up to them.”The student said he believed he was being cyberbullied.