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UWEC suspends football players over racist messages directed toward ‘Black Empowerment’ group

Eau Claire (WQOW) – For the second time this school year, UW-Eau Claire leadership is investigating racist messages directed toward members of the university, and now the athletic director has suspended football players possibly responsible for the latest string of messages.

Chancellor Jim Schmidt said a thread of racist messages that included a photo of a burning cross was used to target members of the Black Empowerment group.

The Black Male Empowerment group brings together men of distinction to form a brotherhood that can’t be broken, put a positive imprint on the world and bring black empowerment to UWEC. That is according to their Facebook page description.

The chancellor’s office told News 18 the athletic director has suspended 4-5 players from the football team as the university launches an investigation. News 18 has not yet independently verified who those players are.

Chancellor Schmidt said the campus will not tolerate the racism.

Back in September, student Kayde Langer who is Ojibwe, said she found a sign outside her dorm that said “go back to the rez,” followed by racial slurs.

Schmidt has said he is having the Dean of Students investigate this case.

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