The chancellor of the University of Washington-Whitewater has stated that a photo making the rounds on social networking that heightened attention to?race relations in the school is a complete misunderstanding.
The photo in question is of two students standing in a dorm room. ?It went viral after students had shared it on both Snapchat and Facebook because?some?believed the scholars to be in blackface paint. ?Inside a statement designed to News 3, the chancellor known the photo as?\”hurtful and destructive to the campus community.\”
Later, she asserted the students weren\’t in blackface, but were in fact participating in an elegance treatment.
“They indicated they had no negative intention, that this was a facial,\” explains Chancellor Beverly Kopper. \”They expressed remorse, not realizing the reaction that would come from this post.”
However, people in the Black Student Union don\’t believe this explanation, and argue that they are faced with the issue of racism on a daily basis at the school. ?Member Matthew Wade added that an educational course on the topic is needed.
Black Student Union President Radaya Ellis gave the types of using SnapChat to make use of the n-word inside a mocking tone, and an?unidentified individual who has written the n-word on a Black student’s page.
Disciplinary action concerning the photo has not been discussed with the students. ?Instead, she\’s referring to the incident as “a teachable moment.”
The University has announced it will address the incident using the campus and it is currently utilizing the hashtag #USGcares to highlight student concerns on the topic.
In an effort to address the incident, Kopper has begun a program called “Pizza with the Chancellor.” ?Close to 80 students were attending the first night to talk about stories and concerns. ?However, not all the students believe enough has been done, reports?Yona Gavino for TMJ4.
Black Student Union member Ju’Jaraw Singleton said of the program that feeding students and holding pizza parties won\’t solve the racism issues currently facing the campus.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Tom Rios has also started an organization that meets with students in an effort to research the issues and try to create an action plan for moving forward. ?The group is expected to meet in a few days to listen to students and create “a collective reaction to these actions.”
Meanwhile, Senator Steve Nass issued an argument on the topic, calling the response through the administration?\”a stark illustration of how political correctness has warped the mindset of highly educated university administrators,” reports Nick Bohr for WISN.
In the statement, Nass asserted the photo shared on social networking portrayed students wearing facial masks that been black. He went on to say that no racist statement was being made in the photo, which the students were merely standing in the picture.
Nass added that the photo wasn\’t investigated thoroughly enough by campus administration before issuing a racially charged statement.