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President Loh under fire for distributing black-faced Testudo pins in celebration of 'Black Panther' premiere

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President Loh under fire for distributing black-faced Testudo pins in celebration of 'Black Panther' premiere

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Geordan Somerville

2.19.18

Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ premiered this weekend to much critical acclaim and box office success. The film has been particularly popular among African-American audiences who have felt for too long that there has been little representation of black superheroes in major blockbuster films.

Controversy struck this momentous occasion though as University of Maryland president, Wallace Loh, was found in front of Regal Cinemas at Prince George’s Mall handing out terrapin pins whose faces appeared to have been colored in with black sharpie by President Loh himself.

A group of African-American students who went to see the film on its opening night reported that President Loh was waiting outside the theater, aggressively offering black students the pins. When their group rejected his offer, he allegedly grew angry and attempted to sway them by drawing gold lines on the mouths of the pins in an attempt to “give Testudo grills”.

We contacted President Loh for a statement on this incident and a representative from the Office of the President sent us his response:

“People said that emails were not enough to deserve another raise, so I wanted to do something creative for my black students to show that I really care.” - Wallace Loh

At this time, it is unclear if President Loh wanted to show that he cared about the black community or his next raise. We will update this story as more information arises.