Another university incident has sparked outrage nationwide this week due to racial insensitivity.
A White student at Prairie View A&M University, a historically Black college in Texas, caused major indignation on campus after posting an offensive selfie on social media of herself in blackface. The Snapchat pic of the young lady with her face wrapped in black tape has since gone viral, causing some students to call for her expulsion, Click Houston News reports.
The student, who is currently enrolled as a freshman at the university and is a member of the soccer team, captioned the pic, “When you’re just trying to fit in at your HBCU.”
Prairie View A&M President George C. Wright said in a statement, “We have a duty to educate our community to always try to act in a responsible manner and recognize that speech does have consequences.”
“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.”
This is not the first school to come under fire for race related offenses. On Thursday, an East Tennessee State University student was charged with one count of civil rights intimidation after wearing a gorilla mask, carrying around a rope, and trying to hand out bananas to Black Lives Matter protesters.
SOURCE: Click Houston News | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter