University Response to Campus Incident

Apology letter to Senator Obama

The following letter was sent to Senator Barack Obama from university president Robin Baker

Sept. 24, 2008

Dear Senator Obama:
You may have heard in the news today about an incident that occurred on our campus on Tuesday, September 23. Someone, late at night or early in the morning, displayed a cardboard cutout of you hanging from fishing line in our campus quad. A sign was attached to the cutout, which read, “Act Six Reject.” Act Six is a scholarship and leadership initiative on our campus that brings students from diverse backgrounds to our campus in order to improve the diversity of our community and to help promote understanding and engagement with people of diverse backgrounds. To say the least, our campus community was outraged and disheartened by this unfortunate incident and would like to extend our deepest apologies to you and your family for any harm this may have caused.
George Fox University is a Christian community rooted in the Quaker tradition that cares deeply about expressing the love of God in tangible ways in order to bring healing, renewal and hope to our world. Yesterday’s unfortunate incident does not reflect our commitments to Christ and our values of love, justice and peacemaking.

Please know that this incident does not represent how our community feels about issues of race or your candidacy.  We pray for God’s peace in your life and that He will use this terrible event to bring positive change in our community.
I know you are a very busy person and you do not come to Oregon often, but if you do, I would like to invite you to our campus to dialogue with our students -- to talk about issues that are at the core of your campaign for the presidency.  You are always welcome here.  
Yours in Christ,

Robin Baker
George Fox University

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