University of Arkansas Investigates “Black Face” Post


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — The University of Arkansas is looking into a “black face” social media post made by a student that quickly gained a lot of attention.

The post was made on Snapchat and shows one student posing in black face with the caption “I hope this offends someone.” The photo also was taken with a “Wakanda forever” filter from the newly released Marvel film, Black Panther, a movie featuring an all African American cast.

In response, students took to twitter voicing their concern.

One tweet said, “we don’t play these games at Arkansas anymore.” Another was calling for action from the university. A different one stated the post is unacceptable and used the hashtag zero tolerance.

University Chancellor, Joseph Steinmetz posted on his twitter in response to the photo saying, “@UArkansas 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.”

When KNWA reached out to the university, Public Information Officer, Steve Voorhies said the university is taking the social media post very seriously and have a zero tolerance for the student’s actions.

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