Social media post encourages UW Oshkosh students to vote based on race and sexual orientation

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Comment quickly condemned by student groups and candidates

UW Oshkosh Student Association (OSA) is amidst a two-day voting period for its leadership positions. A widely shared social media post encouraged students to vote for two candidates based upon the race and sexual orientation of the other students was sent out early Tuesday:

“UWO vote for these guys today unless you want a lesbian or a hmong to win.”

The name of the post’s author has not been publicly shared, though a follow up note from the Oshkosh College Republicans suggests the author was a member of their organization:

The candidates in the race issued a joint statement condemning the post:

Today, we want to acknowledge the homophobic and racist statement that was made referring to the current OSA campaign. All slates…will not enable this behavior. We all stand together in being an inclusive, accepting and welcoming University.

We (as all slates) believe the best way to fight bigotry is through education as we all continue to grow together and embrace each of our differences positively. No campaign condones racism, homophobia, xenophobia, transphobia, or any other forms of discrimination. We are attending a University to learn, not to exclude. We all commit to standing together today to acknowledge that our campus has racism and homophobia among many other issues. Together, we will all equally commit to furthering every student’s knowledge about those who differ from them and be excited about embracing this change.

From All Your Candidates

The UW Oshkosh Division of Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence issued the following statement:

Yesterday, we were reminded that despite efforts to create an inclusive environment, racism and homophobia exists on our campus. The comments made on Facebook regarding our upcoming Oshkosh Student Association OSA) elections underscores why each one of us has a responsibility to call out such divisive language when we hear and see it. UW Oshkosh’s core values do not align with hateful acts or speech.

I applaud OSA candidates for speaking up against this behavior. Please do not hesitate to contact the Campus Center for Equity and Diversity at (920) 424-3080 or asie@uwosh.edu with any concerns.

The candidates that were supported in the original social media post have condemned the statement as part of the OSA candidate slate statement. As a result, we have chosen to not include names or images to avoid any inappropriate association between the candidates and the social media statement.

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