Several Bridgeport residents, including students, have weighed in on the so-called “Ghetto Party” organized by Fairfield University students on Saturday.
George Mintz, president of the Bridgeport chapter of the NAACP, said he was waiting to learn more before commenting.
“We’re trying to find out … what was the party, was it planned by an organization and how were people notified to be invited?” Mintz said.
Carolyn Vermont, director of urban initiatives for Connecticut Against Gun Violence, is a Fairfield alumna and former university trustee. She called von Arx directly after seeing on social media what transpired and said he seem genuinely concerned.
“Whether it was insensitivity or a mean-spirited prank, it shows we have a lot of work to do,” Vermont said. “It’s symptomatic of an insensitivity to race across the country, not just at Fairfield University,” Vermont said.
Vermont said when she went to Fairfield University in the 1980s, the minority population on campus was barely 1 percent of the student body. Fairfield has made an effort in recent years to boost its minority student population, which now stands at 17 percent.