Kansas State University Issues Statement About Former Student In Blackface

Kansas State University has released a statement, following the outrage many people expressed after seeing a racist snapchat post of two white women in “blackface”.  Paige Shoemaker, a former KSU student and sorority member, posted the picture to her snapchat with the caption “Feels good to finally be a n*gga”. 

In the statement, KSU said:

Dear students, faculty and staff,
On Sept. 15, the university received notice that a derogatory social message and photo was sent out via social media. The involved person is not currently enrolled at the university. It is our understanding the second individual in the photo is not associated with the university.

Immediately upon notification, the Campus Climate Response Team, or CCRT, which consists of representatives from the Office of Diversity, Office of Institutional Equity, Office of Student Life, the K-State Student Union and Division of Communications and Marketing, met to address this recent social media posting. This racially offensive photo with a derogatory message has upset the K-State family and is not in concert with our principles of community. Such messages on social media are harmful to all…

I don’t know why people post such ignorant things on social media as if they are untouchable. We will gladly find your school, you job, and where you live to see if you’re so brave to say such racist things in person. 


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