Students, faculty and community members alike slapped back on Twitter at comments made by Purdue President Mitch Daniels during a hallway conversation outside Wednesday night's PSG senate meeting.
Title of article: "Daniels: Leading African American scholar 'one of the rarest creatures in America'"("Daniels" referring to the President of Purdue University, Mitch Daniels.)Article: https://t.co/DNp69rnmeb— Michelle Indarjit (@indarjitmn) November 21, 2019
One person tweeted an image of a typed response to the events of Wednesday night, sans signature. The response detailed the student's reaction to the
We knew Mitch the Bitch had some white supremacy still in him from his time before Purdue. This ain’t nothing new but extremely disheartening in 2019 that someone who is the president of a school doesn’t know how to properly communicate. https://t.co/Hu5lE8dbJs— Jonathan Hoestar (@2PhILLthy) November 21, 2019
If you:a. go to Purdueb. are a Black student anywherec. have basic human decency d. all of the abovePLEASE READ THIS. ‼️ @LifeAtPurdue @purduemitch #IAmNOTACreature #EnoughIsEnough pic.twitter.com/iRBQ4ByAxG— dy🌻 (@cuuzindee) November 21, 2019
Other Twitter users thanked the student who called Daniels out for using the term "creatures" in reference to an African American student.
Bravo to Mr D’Yan Berry for checking him! But what does it mean when a university president doesn’t get why calling Black scholars anything but students/scholars is inappropriate and tone death? Especially when you admitted the institution is struggling with student diversity pic.twitter.com/g2Njx4azRF— Stark but not Tony (@DrB_Allen) November 21, 2019
Perhaps we could start by recognizing that there are African American faculty and students here at Purdue who are leading scholars. @purduemitch.— Brian Dilkes (@BrianDilkes) November 21, 2019
So just in case y’all don’t know, Mitch Daniels, President if Purdue University, called African American scholars “rare creatures”. I don’t know about y’all but #iamnotacreature— queer royalty (@myraclemercedes) November 21, 2019
@LifeAtPurdue: words matter. African American scholars and African Americans period are people. A leading African American scholar is not a “rare creature”— The Food Truck Scholar (@lefoodienoir) November 21, 2019
@soledadobrien @GeorgeTakei @RevSharpton please let this spread through the twitter universe. This is the former republican governor of Indiana, current President of Purdue University pic.twitter.com/bWle714nsL— Cmonkey72 (@cmonkey572) November 21, 2019
Several users even called for the president to resign amid the controversy.
Mitch Daniels is a racist and needs to resign. This is just horrifying. https://t.co/csBDAy5Ix0— Faith (@fcgiorda) November 21, 2019
@purduemitch is an embarrassment to @LifeAtPurdue and should apologize for his dehumanizing comments and resign. He has repeatedly demonstrated that PoC are not valued or welcome here and this @purdueexponent piece is a chrystal clear distillation of his blatant racism pic.twitter.com/0mXcYWZqg4— Aaron 🌹 (@ATcantspell) November 21, 2019
And I think we should stop telling impacted people what is or isn't racist. This is part of the very issue. Daniels didn't stop to consider his metaphor's impact so he simply switched to another. He doesn't realize. He should perhaps listen to someone who does.— Alisha is toting packages across a vast landscape (@onlyalishak) November 21, 2019
"bUt FrOzEN tUiTiOn" https://t.co/BDi5PkBxou— Alex van de Sandt (@alexvds17) November 21, 2019