UCLA Students Protest 'Kanye Western' Party

October 9, 2015

Black students at the University of California protested -- online and at the chancellor's office -- over a fraternity party that had a "Kanye Western" theme and at which many students wore blackface and mocked Kanye West and black people generally, The Los Angeles Times reported. Students chanted "Black Bruins Matter," and used that phrase as a hashtag to spread the word on Twitter.

Jerry Kang, vice chancellor for UCLA’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, said, "It’s one thing to suggest you are actually focusing on one celebrity who is African-American. It’s another thing to take it as a license to perform every attribute, every stereotype, every grotesque minstrelsy that you see."

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