It amazes me that in 2012 anyone in the USA could think that donning blackface for a costume party is okay.
It isn't. It's offensive.
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”Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012 12:41 am
Samantha Shavell, Alligator Staff Writer | 0 comments
A UF student’s Instagram picture showing two Beta Theta Pi brothers dressed in blackface sparked controversy on and off campus Thursday.
. . . The UF student who originally posted the photo deleted it.
. . . The party theme was “rock stars and rappers,” and it was held at a venue downtown, said Beta Theta Pi president Ethan McMahon.
He said the two brothers in the photo were the only ones made up in blackface.
“As an organization, we pride ourselves on the considerable diversity of our membership and are disappointed in the poor judgement and actions of two of our members,” the 21-year-old political science and economics senior wrote in an emailed statement. “While their actions were not intended with any malice or ill will to any members of our community, clearly they were offensive, and we accept full responsibility accordingly.”
He also said the chapter issues an apology to the UF community and will work with administration and fraternity leadership to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
McMahon said judicial action will probably be taken. . . . “
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