Arts Condoleezza Rice Inspires Another Embarrassing Racial Incident
Just weeks after a St. Louis radio host was fired for accidentally using a racial slur in reference to Condoleezza Rice, the African-American Secretary of State has inadvertantly inspired another instance of racial insensitivity, this one at Bellevue Community College.
At the center of the controversy is a question included on a math exam, details of which come from the Seattle Times:
The question read, “Condoleezza holds a watermelon just over the edge of the roof of the 300-foot Federal Building, and tosses it up with a velocity of 20 feet per second.” The question went on to ask when the watermelon will hit the ground, based on a formula provided.
Upon finding the question, several BCC students alerted school officials. When the students felt their concerns weren’t being taken seriously, they started an e-mail campaign, eventually inspiring an explanation and apology from Bellevue Community College President Jean Floten. Says the Times:
The test question was originally written with the name of a comedian, Gallagher, whose signature shtick was to smash a variety of objects, often watermelons. Later, the question was rewritten, and the name was changed to Condoleezza, Floten said.
Full story here.