Monday, February 12, 2007

Politically Incorrect Party Goes Awry with Blackface and Ku Klux Klan Costumes

Some students at Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota threw a "politically incorrect" party, which has prompted an investigation due to one student being dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member and another wearing blackface with a noose around his neck. The party was supposed to be a satiric comment on "things that would be considered taboo in most situations."

This follows a string of incidents involving racially insensitive behavior at colleges. Students at Trinity College and Whitman College have also had parties where people have shown up in blackface. The Sigma Chi fraternity of John Hopkins was suspended after a "Halloween in the Hood" party displayed fake skeletons hanging from nooses, which also prompted President William Brody to introduce a new policy prohibiting "rude, disrespectful behavior".

At Texas A&M, a group of three students made a racist video in which a student in blackface is disciplined by a white student then mock whipped and sexually assualted. In an apology, one student said that the motivation behind the video was "intended to be a satirical spoof, much in the light of a Dave Chappelle or an SNL skit, and was an exercise in our home movie making skills."

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