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UA 'looking into' social media photo purporting to show student in blackface

By Polly Irungu

This article was originally published February 24, 2018 at 4:05 p.m. Updated February 25, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.



Officials at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville are looking into a photo shared on social media on Saturday that purported to show a student wearing blackface, a university spokesman said Saturday.

A screenshot from a Snapchat post was shared on Twitter with a caption indicating the student in question goes to UA.

The photo shows a white male in apparent blackface. It includes the caption, “I hope this offends someone,” and a "Wakanda Forever" filter referencing the newly released Black Panther film.

Shortly after 1:45 p.m., Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz wrote on Twitter that UA "supports an inclusive community today and every day that welcomes and supports a diversity of people, ideas and perspectives."

"These are the core values we share despite insensitivity displayed by any individual,” the message read, though it didn't directly reference the blackface post in question.

A University spokesman provided the same statement when asked about the Snapchat post. The spokesman said the university is looking into the incident, though he didn't provide details about whether the person pictured is a student.

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TravisBickle says... February 24, 2018 at 9 p.m.

This will really help recruiting.

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CartoonDude says... February 25, 2018 at 1:08 p.m.

Thank goodness they are looking into this, because we must eradicate such hate from the face of the earth! Kick him out of school and lock him up, before he starts posting himself holding a banana! BTW, if the UA had not commented on this, it wouldn't even be a news story--which it shouldn't be.

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NoUserName says... February 25, 2018 at 1:12 p.m.

I looked at the picture. If that's 'blackface,' the guy did a pretty s**ty job of putting it on.

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johndmoore says... February 25, 2018 at 2:09 p.m.

Taking a knee for the National Anthem is protected speech. So is smearing black makeup on your face.

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NoUserName says... February 25, 2018 at 2:13 p.m.

Protected, yes. Free from consequences, no. However, since UA is a government entity, I don't think there is much UA can do given that WOULD be government restricting free speech.

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oldude says... February 25, 2018 at 2:16 p.m.

Big Deal ! Worry about roberies and rapes !

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MatsLaw says... February 25, 2018 at 2:53 p.m.

Kneeling for the anthem is protected speech, but it will lead to collusion to get you blackballed.

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LR1955 says... February 25, 2018 at 5:44 p.m.

Looks like a smeared on facial mask for extracting blackheads & pimples.

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Popsmith says... February 26, 2018 at 8:40 a.m.

Let's dig up Al Jolson and give him twenty lashes with a wet noodle.

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honesthap says... February 26, 2018 at 9:19 a.m.

Golly, does this mean that Minstrel Shows are not welcome at U of A? Oops, to be correct I must say U of A, Fayetteville>

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