Members of University of Reading Agriculture Society wear "racist" costumes to society social
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— Eleanor Alice Ring (@eleanor_alice) November 17, 2015
I'm ashamed to be associated with @UniofReading right now due to the Agric Soc's extremely offensive 'ethnic minorities' social, wth.— Isabel J Hulf (@izzyhulf) November 17, 2015
@UniofReading MY CULTURE IS NOT A COSTUME— -Ë` aggy ´ËŽ- (@agsaggy) November 17, 2015
Entourage Project, the events company that host the weekly club night at Q Club, where the social was held, has removed photos of students in blackface from Facebook. However some photos of students wearing Turbans and dressed as Mexians and Native Americans, among other costumes, can still be viewed.
@UbaSocrates Hi Uba, thanks for bringing this to our attention. We have tough rules on student behaviour and we're investigating urgently.— Uni of Reading (@UniofReading) November 17, 2015
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Dilys Midwinter wrote on Facebook:
The Univeristy of Reading and RUSU, Reading University Student Union, say they have both launched investigations.
"I'm so disappointed by the agrics at this university."I'm embarrassed I'm at uni with people who are so backward in their moral standing, and I'm ashamed I have associated myself with them on a social in the past (I dressed as a dog not an "ethnic minority" which was apparently the theme of last night someone had been told by an agric). "How was a social like that allowed last night? Why did club managers actually let them into their clubs when clearly they were offending so many people? "The fact this happens at the university I go to makes me feel ashamed I go here."
Meanwhile, RUSU’s President Oli Ratcliffe released a statement saying that the Reading University Students' Union does not condone the society’s actions:
Thanks to everyone for bringing the Agrics social to our attention. We’ve tough rules on student behaviour and are investigating urgently— Uni of Reading (@UniofReading) November 17, 2015