The Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Beverly Kopper, accused two students at the school of racism after they posted a picture on Snapchat that looked like “blackface.”
“Last night a disturbing racist post that was made to social media was brought to my attention. 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.” Beverly Kopper in a letter posted on the school website.
At least it used to be posted on the website- it has since been removed. And it has been removed because all the furor raised over the picture was totally unfounded: the two students were having a facial. A skin treatment that started a firestorm of anger.
Last week, Kopper told WISC that ” the students said they just had a facial and took a picture. She said the students did not mean for it to be harmful and did not know the implications.”
Wisconsin State Senator Steve Nass called the University’s initial comment, a “racial overreaction.”
“The students shared a picture on social media showing them with the facial product on their faces and the material just happened to be black in color. The posting contained no racist statement and the students are simply standing in the picture…The official statement misled students, parents and the public by confirming that a racist event had occurred, even though it really hadn’t.” Senator Steve Nass
Feeding the monster
These types of overreactions only feed the racism monster. Freaking out at every single comment or action regardless of intent creates racism where racism may not exist…and thereby creates real racism because people start becoming angry at the furor. By then there is a snarl of anger on both sides.
Some of the students at the University STILL took issue with the selfie photo. In this case, the two students in the photo contacted the Black Student Union and recorded an apology. An apology for wearing a skin treatment that happened to be black.
America has lost its mind.