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Oregon Condemns Professor Over Blackface

November 3, 2016
 

A law professor at the University of Oregon is being criticized after wearing blackface to a Halloween party attended by students and other faculty members.

The university has not identified the faculty member, but Michael Schill, the president, issued a statement that said in part, "We condemn this action unequivocally as anathema to the University of Oregon’s cherished values of racial diversity and inclusion. The use of blackface, even in jest at a Halloween party, is patently offensive and reinforces historically racist stereotypes. It was a stupid act and is in no way defensible. The faculty member involved has apologized for the decision and has expressed concern about its potential impact on members of the community. Although the party occurred outside of the faculty member's official duties, the professor acknowledges that the costume choice was unacceptable under any circumstances. We take seriously any complaints from members of our community, and we have referred this complaint to the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, which will determine whether this action could constitute a violation of university policy."

 
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