UW-Whitewater Chancellor Reprimands Students After Mistaking Skincare Product For Blackface

By Tyler Kingkade of The Huffington Post

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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Chancellor Beverly Kopper is facing a backlash for sending a campus-wide note this week condemning an image on social media as a “disturbing racist post,” though the students in the photograph deny the characterization.

“Last night a disturbing racist post that was made to social media was brought to my attention,” Kopper wrote in a message circulated Thursday morning. “This post was hurtful and destructive to our campus community. While social media can certainly bring about positive change, it can also be a place that deeply hurts and harms others.”

The image she was referring to was posted on Snapchat and showed two students standing in a dorm wearing dark facial skincare treatments, which she interpreted as blackface. The students, however, say the post wasn’t meant to be racist, it was just a picture of them wearing exfoliation masks.

State Sen. Stephen Nass (R-Whitewater) put out a statement Thursday condemning Kopper’s reaction: “The [chancellor’s] official statement misled students, parents, and the public by confirming that a racist event had occurred, even though it really hadn’t.”

“The racial over-reaction of Chancellor Beverly Kopper and other UW-Whitewater administrators without first checking the facts of the situation is a stark example of how political correctness has warped the mindset of highly educated university administrators,” Nass continued. “Frankly, these are the people responsible for educating our sons and daughters, but they seem incapable of applying reason or common sense.”

Read the whole story at the Huffington Post

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