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Probe ordered of VMI after report on racist incidents

State leaders have ordered an investigation into the Virginia Military Institute after a report surfaced that Black cadets and alumni faced "relentless racism."
Credit: Virginia Military Institute

LEXINGTON, Va. — State officials in Virginia have ordered a third-party investigation into the Virginia Military Institute following a report in The Washington Post that described Black cadets and alumni facing “relentless racism." 

Gov. Ralph Northam co-wrote a letter Monday to the school’s Board of Visitors expressing “deep concerns about the clear and appalling culture of ongoing structural racism.” 

A VMI spokesman told The Associated Press Tuesday morning that characterization is “just not true,” but the school welcomes the review. 

The Post published a weekend story that described incidents such as lynching threats and a white professor reminiscing about her father’s Ku Klux Klan membership.