WTH: 3 Cases of Students Exposed on Snapchat Wearing “Blackface”
“Albright College Suspends Students for Blackface Video”
A student at Albright College in Reading was recently suspended for appearing on snapchat wearing “black face.”
At one point, she said to the camera, “Black Lives Matter.” Then, she went out into a hallway and began dancing. Albright freshman Dymond Bullock.
“I was so upset. I couldn’t understand why,” said Albright freshman Hakieya Burrell-Sims. “She needs to come out and apologize to us as a campus and as a community, and she needs to apologize to everyone else and the black community.” Within hours, the college put out a statement.
It reads in part: “We unequivocally condemn the behavior in the video. The college celebrates and takes great pride in its diversity… The students involved have expressed deep remorse and voluntarily came forward to report their actions… We are evaluating their behavior with respect to the student code of conduct and will determine what disciplinary action is warranted.
“Prairie View A&M Univeristy Student Receives Backlash”
This comes days after Prairie View A&M University soccer student received backlash on social media for also snapchating a video wearing “blackface.” Her caption read “When you just tryna fit in at your HBCU.”
In a statement, PVAMU President Wright said:
“As a scholar of race relations in the United States and president of Prairie View A&M University, whose alumni, students, and many supporters have experienced firsthand racial insults in the form of words, caricatures and a wide range of other actions, I know clearly the hurt and harm that can be done from intentional and unintentional acts of this nature.
“Let me be clear that, whether intentional or unintentional, the actions have the same impact, and as a community, we denounce any racial slight whenever it occurs.
“But let us not forget that the First Amendment ensures that discussion of even the most controversial and provocative issues will be vigorous and unfettered on our campus—without it, there can be no search for truth.
“We have a duty to educate our community to always try to act in a responsible manner and recognize that speech does have consequences.
“For 140 years, this university has maintained a standard of excellence and will continue to be a beacon of light for years to come.” Cited www.click2houston.com
“2 Kansas State Students Suspended”
As if that wasn’t enough there is another case of a student at Kansas State student who was also suspended for posting images, showing herself, Shoemaker and friend Sadie Meier wearing cosmetic mud masks, along with the caption “Feels good to finally be a n*****”.
The photo quickly made its way to Facebook, where Kansas State University was tagged.
“We want people to know this is not blackface. We did not paint our faces intentional,” Shoemaker later said.
She also went on to defend the caption.
“I mean, not that this is a good thing but we kind of like,that word kind of happens in our friend group, we know that everyone is calm. We’re a big family so that word does not offend anyone in our group,” Shoemaker said.
You have to ask yourself. How could they not know how offensive these videos were? Did they not think their snaps would leak? Let’s keep it simple, I’m offended any and every time you try to be “me” in any way. Don’t care if you think it’s funny, cute or would look great on you.
What are your thoughts?
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