Halloween usually brings out the best or the worst in people, but for University of Central Arkansas student Charles ‘Brock’ Denton, it brought out the ugly.
The Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity member has been suspended by the national headquarters after wearing blackface to a Halloween party. According to reports, he came to the party supposedly dressed as Bill Cosby in a loud yellow, red and black sweater, and his face smeared with black face paint.
After being asked to wash his face at the party, Denton did just that, but unfortunately, it was too late. He posted a photo of his offensive costume on Instagram with the caption, “It was a bold night.” Before deleting his Instagram account, Denton later took to the social site to apologize for his offensive costume, saying, “I am the farthest thing from discrimination. As a matter of fact, I fight for equality every day. I have been writing a book for two years in what it really means to be a good person. I am by no means better than anybody else. Social media has corrupted society in regard to heated controversial topics such as this.”
He also revealed that he’d never heard of black face before dressing up, saying, “I apologize from the bottom of my heart and absolutely never intended this to happen the way it did. I never EVER would have done this if I’d known the domino effect that [would] follow. I swear to everyone that I have never stereotyped a person based on how they look. It’s not me. I hope this situation will end without me being killed over a Halloween costume. We will never achieve peace if we only react in violence. Please forgive me.”
Not only was Denton suspended from Sigma Tau Gamma, but the fraternity has been suspended by its national headquarters and UCA’s Interfraternity Council has disowned the chapter.
Source: Daily Mail |PHOTOCREDIT: Getty