Students at Colgate University are facing administrative discipline and online backlash after a series of racist TikToks have gone viral. The first TikTok was posted by a student admitted to the university’s class of 2024 who had yet to start her time on campus, while another was made by current students at Colgate.
Who Is Sarah Laud And What Did She Do?
Sarah is a student who was admitted to Colgate, and her admission was revoked over a racist TikTok.
These TikToks come as Black Lives Matter protesters call out police brutality and systemic racism in America, holding marches for several weeks across the country.
The original TikTok shared by the admitted student was reposted on Instagram by a former high school student at Morristown-Beard High School. In the video, the girl, who has been identified as Sarah Laude, uses TikTok’s green screen feature to show a Google search for “African American.” She then zooms in on the “shopping” tab.
“Get in loser, we’re going shopping,” she mouths along to the audio, while the caption reads “it’s a joke please don’t come at me.”
“Day #2 of MBS kids being blatantly disrespectful and insensitive,” the caption on the post reads.
The video identifies that Sarah was planning to attend Colgate University.
According to the Colgate Maroon-News, the college’s weekly newspaper, students at Colgate Unversity called for the TikTok to be investigated and for the student’s expulsion. On June 23, the university announced they had revoked her admission to Colgate. “I want to point out that the level of ignorance shown in these videos is appalling,” Colgate University President Brian Casey said in a statement, according to the outlet. “In a time when we have seen people across the worldrightfully outraged by the recent killings of George Floyd and countless other [Black] men and women and we see nearly every institution in the country looking at the nature and effect of systemic racism, these videos evince a level of cruelty that is staggering.”