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.