RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia State Conference of the NAACP issued a release Thursday saying it supports the independent investigation called by Gov. Ralph Northam of allegations of racial and cultural hostility at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI).
Calls for the investigation were launched following an article in The Washington Post that included accounts of racism and culturally insensitive incidents from former VMI students.
The NAACP release says in part:
“To turn a blind eye and not acknowledge systemic racism within our educational institutions is akin to encouraging and maintaining systems that keep Black people, communities of color and other marginalized communities from achieving academic success.
As students, the Virginia State Conference Youth and College Executive Committee stands in solidarity with VMI Black cadets. This independent investigation should provide information that will achieve a safe and comfortable learning environment that all students deserve and will not diminish their identity.”
The investigation will be conducted by an independent third party that will review the school’s culture, practices, and policies.
VMI leaders say they welcome the investigation and say they are confident the investigation will reveal no issues of systemic racism at the school.