David Jackson claims to be the man in the picture on Twitter. Source: Twitter
This is the photo that is causing quite a stir online. Source: UA.edu
David Jackson. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -
A photo placed on the University of Alabama's website is causing a stir.
Some on social media are questioning whether the University Photoshopped the head of an African-American man onto the body of a caucasian man.
The University tweeted this statement in response: "Per our policy, students were not inserted or "Photoshopped" into the graduation photo on http://UA.edu . The photo is unaltered."
Sister-station WAFF has discovered tweets that appear to be from and about the man in the picture.
FOX6 reporter Josh Gauntt tracked down the young man in the picture, David Jackson. He's a junior economics major who says that without a shadow of a doubt, it's him.
"It's definitley my hand," he said.
Jackson says he can't believe people would try and make something like this up. The University has recently been embroiled in discrimination allegations but Jackson says this is anything but that.
"It's really me in that picture. And just to kinda let people know that you don't have to be looking for trouble....Just let things be...and don't assume something before you know the facts," Jackson said.
Jackson is also in a video promoting the Capstone. He says that hopefully by speaking out about this, all of the online chatter will stop and he can move on with his education and career goals.