Racial incident on local college campus sparks conversation

Bryant University Senior Quinton Law. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

By Steve Klamkin WPRO News

A local college student is speaking out after saying he was subjected to a racial epithet on campus on the night of the Super Bowl earlier this month.

Bryant University senior Quinton Law, a member of the football team says a woman hurled the “N” word at him as he was walking on the Smithfield campus, an exchange that he detailed on his social media page, naming her apartment complex, but not her name.

Law told WPRO’s Tara Granahan that he later met with the woman.

“She apologized. We had about a half hour conversation. We were both putting how we felt out there. She was making it clear she was sorry for what she said.”

Law said he was later pressured by a Bryant administrator to take down his post.

“I respect where you’re coming from, but I also respect my right to express myself,” he replied. He removed the name of her apartment complex.

“He asked me to take all the necessary steps to take it down, and I said I respectfully decline, I’m going to keep the post up.”

In a statement, a spokeswoman said Bryant “has an established process for responding to bias incidents and this process was followed.”

“The Bryant University Bias Incident Committee reviewed the results of the investigation and concluded that a bias incident had occurred,” wrote Associate Vice President for University Relations Elizabeth O’Neil.

“Bryant University strongly condemns any form of bigotry or insensitivity toward others, and the language used was offensive and wrong,” O’Neil wrote.

“What the young lady said is unforgivable,” said Jim Vincent, President of the NAACP Providence Chapter. “It’s a racist slur. There’s no excuse for it.” He said it’s up to the university to hold her accountable.

Bryant says it is organizing an educational conversation for the campus community on the history and use of the N-word, wrote O’Neil, a process that Law is embracing.

“It’s a real group effort to change the narrative on race,” Law said.

“I think as a school, Bryant has a really unique position right now as a community to come together and change the narrative on race and the atmosphere about race on campus, which we are going to do.”

Listen to Granahan’s full conversation with Law below:

Listen to “Bryant University Student Quinton Law” on Spreaker.

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