An Instagram post made by Texas A&M student body presidential candidate Ben Johnson as a teenager that contains a slur against Asians has come back to haunt him just days before the election.
The A&M student newspaper The Battalion reports that Johnson made the original post in January 2013, when Johnson says he was in high school.
The election will be held Thursday and Friday. Johnson announced his candidacy via Facebook on Feb. 12, and The Battalion reports that the junior is among the candidates expected to appear in a debate at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
The A&M student group TAMU Anti-Racism tweeted a response along with Johnson's original post, which contains profanity and a racial slur:
The Houston Chronicle reports that Johnson deleted the post and apologized on Facebook, promising to advocate for people "that haven't had the same opportunities that I've been afforded" and saying that his experiences over the past five years "have made me realize the detriment of stereotypes and the false truths they cast on groups of people."
He added: "I am not making any excuses for myself and I also agree that what I said was morally reprehensible. I understand that this is hurtful and simply wrong."
Johnson does not appear to have apologized, however, on his official campaign Twitter or Facebook accounts. He declined a request for comment from the Star-Telegram.
TAMU Anti-Racism also posted to Facebook, "No matter what statement of apology or regret he releases, let's be clear — you cannot simply apologize for racism and expect it to be forgiven and forgotten."