*It may be 2010, but it’s still mind blowing to see ignorance and stupidity replayed over and over when it comes to racial tolerance and sensitivity.
The latest case happened recently at Bethel University in Minnesota where a senior performed a multi-song skit for students in blackface trying to impersonate Lil Wayne.
As it should have, the backlash came quickly, with the university officials launching an investigation and a subsequent apology from the student group.
“Here we are in 2010, and still a ton of people don’t realize why this might hurt people,” said Ruben Rivera, a history professor at Bethel who has counseling students on the matter. “[Blackface] is an expression of deliberate and unconscious racism in America.”
Meanwhile, the student, still unidentified at press time, and other skit partners sent an apology e-mail to all Bethel students and faculty. According to reports, the impersonation of Wayne prominently featured cartoonish dreadlocks, gold teeth and baggy pants.
“We realize our skit was offensive and hurtful,” read the message. “We are saddened by the fact that we caused pain and offense to our brothers and sisters.”