Colorado State University says it will not punish students who wear blackface on social media photos because it violates their first modification rights
- Four students depicted with blackface, referring to comic book & # 39; Black Panther & # 39;
- They wrote & # 39; Wakanda forevaa & # 39; in the photo and greet the stories
- Colorado State University said it would not punish the students in an email
- They stated that the position fell under their first change rights
Colorado State University (CSU) has revealed that it does not punish students on social media wearing blackface for allegedly violating their first change rights.
The inflammatory photo showed three topless men, and one woman, all posing with dark paint on their faces and the caption & # 39; Wakanda forevaa. & # 39;
The students referred to the comic book and the 2018 film & # 39; Black Panther & # 39; with a greeting from the fictional African population of Wakanda and also text on the screen.
CSU President Joyce McConnell said the students did not violate school policies by sharing the information on social media accounts, the Denver Post reported.
In an email to students, teachers and staff, she acknowledged that the photo & # 39; many members of our community & # 39; had hurt.
Four students were photographed with blackface and two greetings from the comic book and the film Black Panther. The image also seemed & # 39; Wakanda forevaa & # 39; on-screen with reference to the fictional location
A student shared part of the email (left) sent by President Joyce McConnell of Colorado State University (right), admitting that it caused & # 39; a lot of pain & # 39; but that the actions didn't break rules at school
She claimed to have received several complaints about the photo, where people feared that the photo would intentionally perpetuate racism and create a climate that felt deeply hostile & # 39 ;.
But McConnell added that messages on the private profiles of everyone affiliated with CSU & # 39; do not fall under our jurisdiction & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Our community members – students, teachers, and employees – can generally post what they want to their personal online accounts in accordance with their first edit rights, & # 39; she wrote.
McConnell added that the offensive photo & # 39; does not violate any rule set by the university & # 39 ;.
She continued with the suggestion: & # 39; Campus leaders could use the time to educate others about race, racial history, and identity.
& # 39; We are all here at CSU to learn, and we believe that this can be a powerful learning moment that leads to healing and reconciliation.
& # 39; We urge every member of our community to listen and hear all the voices that make up this wonderful, diverse campus family so that we can move forward together, stronger than ever. & # 39;
Tay Anderson who shared the shocking image, wrote: & # 39; CSU students wear BLACK FACE! We must be furious !!!!!! & # 39;
Colorado State University wrote in an e-mail to students, teachers and staff that they would not punish the students for violating their first change rights
Another Facebook user Beckita Savir posted part of McConnell's email on Thursday and said: & # 39; This is bull **** and there must be consequences & # 39;
The female student in the photo, reportedly identified online, wrote a & # 39; apology & # 39; on Facebook in a post that has since been deleted.
A screenshot of the message appeared: & # 39; We all make mistakes and learn from them. I deeply regret any pain caused by my insensitive actions.
& # 39; My mistake has hurt others, but it has also caused others to make me an unjustified target. While we share our experiences at CSU, we all learn together. & # 39;
Because the screenshot was shared, others were angry.
& # 39; I'm sorry, but I'm really … F * HER AND HER RACIST FRIENDS, & # 39; wrote Donna Garduno.
Catie Kannenberg added: & # 39; Unwarranted? No. Fully justified. & # 39;
Jamie Vierk commented: & # 39; I have done something that others have called me to do and I don't like being called for my own behavior & # 39 ;, is what this "apology" translates. "
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