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Woman Makes Racist Post About Her Ex-Boyfriend Dating A Black Woman

Woman Makes Racist Post About Her Ex-Boyfriend Dating A Black Woman
Updated 9 months ago

A student at Ohio State University in Columbus is getting a well-deserved social media spanking for recording a video in which she makes derogatory comments about interracial dating. 

The student, Katelyn Rust, made a video for an ex-boyfriend, saying: 

F*** yourself you're hooking up with a black girl, that's weird. That’s weird as f***. F*** you.

Aleigha Mason, a black student at a different college, believes Rust made the video in response to seeing Mason dancing with her ex-boyfriend. 

Mason shared the video on Twitter, along with a message:

Mason later commented to The Lantern, OSU's student-run newspaper:

I didn’t even know she existed until today. I danced with her ex-boyfriend and for what I understand that’s why she made that video. I just want her to understand that her comments are hurtful and not okay.

It's unclear how Mason obtained the video, which was intended for Rust's ex-boyfriend. Just hours after Mason's tweet went viral, she removed the video.

Mason thanked her supporters and offered a heartfelt message:

Ohio State's Panhellenic Council released a statement in response to the video:

In a statement to The Lantern, Rust apologized for her words:

First and foremost racism is wrong. I, in no way, think that anyone is less of a person than anyone else because of their skin color, nationality, religion, sexual preference or otherwise and sincerely apologize for all the words in this twitter video.I have personally apologized to the young woman who posted this video and explained that my weird reference had nothing to do with her skin color.  I was quite simply very hurt, and angry with an ex-boyfriend and jealous of her.  Nothing more. Again, I say in the strongest possible terms that racism is despicable and I apologize for any hurt or pain this tweet caused this young woman or anyone else. I sincerely ask for forgiveness from this young women (sic), the OSU student body, faculty and alumni family.

Rust's apology may not be enough to shield her from ramifications, however, since she is a member of Ohio State's Pi Beta Phi sorority.

The sorority's president, Tricia Gore, said:

We were made aware of the tweet today. The content in the video is in no way aligned with Pi Beta Phi’s values. We are currently working through our member accountability process.

 Sophie Chang, OSU’s Undergraduate Student Government vice president, also responded to Rust's video:

This type of behavior & rhetoric is unacceptable. Ohio State is home to so many & should not be made to feel any less due to skin color.