This was a supposed attempt to be funny on MLK Day. The school has issued a statement saying they’re disappointed.

The Blaze reports:

University student paper calls white people ‘disgusting’ in ‘guilt-free MLK’ satire blurb

A Rice University student-run newspaper issued an explanation after publishing a “guilt-free MLK day” coupon in its Jan. 10 issue, which called white people “disgusting.”

What happened?

Rice University’s student-run newspaper, The Rice Thresher, published a coupon for a “guilt-free MLK day” on its back page under the “Penny Saver” section.

The coupon read, “Hey there, white people! We know. You have a day off to celebrate someone who managed to beat your system. Don’t despair — for the low price of eternal shame you can spend these 24 hours doing something productive like beating off in a sock and wondering whatever happened to your 8th grade girlfriend. You’re disgusting.”

Did the university respond?

The university on its Twitter page acknowledged the controversial coupon — which they called an “offensive attempt at satire” — and noted that while the school does believe in a free press, it doesn’t agree with the published sentiment.

“The student-run Rice Thresher has a history of satire on its backpage,” a Friday tweet read. “Rice does not manage the content but is disappointed w/this offensive attempt at satire, which is contrary to our values. We support a free press, even if we don’t agree. Comments can go to thresher@rice.edu.”