ODU police chief: No evidence racist video was made on campus

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A screenshot from the controversial music video taken Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
A screenshot from the controversial music video taken Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

NORFOLK – Eight days after a racially-charged music video made by a woman wearing an Old Dominion University sweatshirt went viral, campus police said that no evidence ties the woman to the university.

In an email sent to the campus community on Wednesday, Police Chief Rhonda Harris said that “university housing officials confirmed the video was not filmed in an Old Dominion residence hall” and no evidence has shown that the woman is a current student.

“The detestable message in this video has had the opposite effect of what this person seemed to have intended,” Harris said in the email to students and faculty on Wednesday. “Rather than separate us, it has united the Old Dominion campus community in support of the shared values of diversity, respect and inclusion.”

The controversial music video quickly made the rounds on Twitter after a student found “White Power” on a YouTube page, posted by a user named Wobble Head, around 11 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20.

In the video, the woman threatens violence against the African American community, uses derogatory language and later wears a shirt with President Donald Trump’s face on it, with the words “My president is white again” captioned around the image. Later, the woman stubs out a cigarette on a small piece of paper that says “black lives matter” and references lynching.

University President John Broderick issued a statement about the music video – hours after students had shared it thousands of times and was eventually pulled from YouTube for violating hate speech policies – decrying the woman’s hate-fueled message.

Harris said that the department will continue to investigate the origin of the music video.

Anyone with information about the video is encouraged to call the university’s police department at 757-683-4000.