James Ramsey is very very sorry.
The University of Louisville in Kentucky president was instantly branded a racist for wearing a sombrero at a private Halloween party hosted by Ramsey in his home, The Daily Caller reports.
After a photo of the president and his party-goers all dressed up hit social media, student Olivia Krauth was the first to jump on board the race train:
“The president of a school that prides itself in diversity opted to dress himself and his staff as a culture for Halloween,” Krauth wrote. “There’s a word for this. It’s called racism.” Krauth argued that the consequences would be severe if a fraternity were caught in the same situation Ramsey was.
Ramsey’s chief of staff Kathleen Smith apologized in a statement Thursday responding to the column. “We made a mistake and are very sorry,” Smith said, adding they had met with representatives of the college’s Hispanic community in order to show “our deep regret for the hurt this experience has caused.”
Smith also vowed the university would institute new diversity and racial equality training for staff to avoid future diversity-related incidents.
It’s all so incredibly stupid.
President Ramsey should not have apologized. He wasn’t wearing a sombrero to demonstrate his cultural insensitivity. He was merely trying to cover his embarrassingly bad combover.