Blackface or a Cosmetic Treatment?

February 22, 2016

A debate has been set off at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater over a photo on Snapchat that appears to show two students in blackface (at right). Beverly Kopper, the chancellor, sent a message to the campus condemning the image and calling for more campus discussions of inclusiveness. But then the students said that they were not engaged in blackface but were using cosmetics to give themselves a facial treatment. That prompted Steve Nass, a state legislator, to condemn the chancellor, saying she had overreacted in a "knee-jerk" way. Some black students are saying that, even if one was not seeking to portray blackface, people should know not to post images that look like blackface.

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