Former A&M Student Apologizes

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One of the actors in a racially-charged, controversial video has broken his silence with an apology.

The video, which was briefly posted on the You Tube website, depicted white students portraying a slavery-type scene, with one student painted as if they were black. University President Robert Gates publicly denounced the video last week saying it was offensive and derogatory.

Monday, the Texas A&M student newspaper, "The Battalion," ran a front page apology written by one of the students in the video.

The author of the apology stated that the video "was intended to be a satirical spoof, much in the light of Dave Chappelle or an SNL skit, and was an exercise in our home movie making skills."

The author, identified only as a participant in the creation the video, later wrote, "The intent for making the video was to call attention to what we believed was a racial prejudice at A&M, not to produce a hate video by itself."

The apology comes only days after the three students withdrew from the university.

The three and apparently all agreed to destroy the video, according to the apology's author. One, however, didn't destroy it, and two years after its creation, it was posted on the popular video swapping site.

Student reaction to the article was strong across the A&M campus.

"Frankly, it seems a bit insincere," said A&M student J.D. Foster. "I don't understand why, if it was meant as some kind of spoof, why they put it on the internet after they decided it was in appropriate."

Another student wanted to believe the words expressed in the Battalion article to be of true remorse. "I think, as an Aggie, I guess I trust them to be sincere about it," said Allison Cloud.

The video, many students have said, did produce one positive: they say it has brought much of the Aggie community together and shone light on a problem that needs more attention.