A student from Nigeria was recently rejected and the school’s rejection letters went viral on the internet. The letter told a Nigerian student he’s not welcome because some Nigerians have gotten sick with Ebola.
Kamorudeen Abidogun, a Texas man originally from Nigeria, said he received two rejection letters for his relatives from Navarro College, a two-year community college not too far outside Dallas. He scanned a copy of one of the letters into Twitter and publicly chastised the college:
— Idris Ayodeji Bello (@idrisayobello) October 13, 2014
“Unfortunately Navarro College is not accepting international students from countries with confirmed Ebola cases,” the letter explains.
However, not too long after the letter went viral, the school backtracked on their reasons stated in the letter.
When CBS approached the school about the letter, they pretty much didn’t have anything they wanted to explain, instead saying that this year, they’re recruiting from countries that are conveniently located outside the Ebola hotzone.
Navarro’s vice president for Access and Accountability, Dewayne Gragg, sent an email to CNBC.com.
“Our college values its diverse population of international students. This fall we have almost 100 students from Africa. Unfortunately, some students received incorrect information regarding their applications to the institution. As part of our new honor’s program, the college restructured the international department to include focused recruitment from certain countries each year. Our focus for 2014-15 is on China and Indonesia. Other countries will be identified and recruitment efforts put in place once we launch our new honors program fall 2015. We apologize for any misinformation that may have been shared with students. Additional information regarding our progress with this new initiative will be posted on our website.”
Questions about what an honors program has to do with rejections based on Ebola went unanswered.
There is no way that Navarro College would use Ebola as an excuse to discriminate against African students, is there?
Could it be that Ebola is becoming an awfully convenient excuse to treat people with dark skin colors and accents rather poorly?