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U of L President James Ramsey issues statement apologizing for photo described as 'racist'

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Photo courtesy: The Courier-Journal Photo courtesy: The Courier-Journal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Friday afternoon University of Louisville President James Ramsey issued a statement apologizing for taking part in a photo shoot that some have described as "racist."

"I want to personally apologize for the recent incident and any pain that it may have caused our students, faculty, staff and the community," Ramsey said in the written statement. "We did not intend to cause harm or to be insensitive.  I hope this doesn’t detract from the hard work we – the entire UofL community -- have done and continue to do in building an inclusive, supportive, welcoming campus for all our university family. I pledge to work to ensure that we move forward as one university."

The photo in question shows President Ramsey and his staff in Mexican costumes. They are wearing sombreros, ponchos, and mustaches, and holding maracas. 

It was published in The Courier Journal. 

On Thursday, The Louisville Cardinal called it "racist" in an editorial. 

The university has apologized, promising immediate diversity training. 

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