The essay topic, how students were “implementing Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy” at the university, garnered six applicants from which four winners were chosen, according to the Montana Kaimin, the student newspaper.
When UM announced the winners on its Facebook page, fury ensued. “[O]ver 1,000 comments flooded the post,” the Kaimin reports. “Many commenters questioned why no one students of color entered the contest and how that could reflect poorly on the University of Montana’s atmosphere.”
One person wrote “Jesus Christ this is shameful and embarrassing, and I say that as a pasty ass white girl.” Another asked how one could “think remembering the legacy of MLK Jr. is achieved by giving four white girls a shout out.”