Photo of Student in Blackface Appeared on Duke’s Athletics Department Official Website

A white student on the women’s lacrosse team at Duke University wore blackface to a team party. Photos of the students in blackface were posted on the official athletic department webpage of the university.

The party was held at the house of the team’s coach. Students were told to dress up as characters from “The Little Rascals.” One dressed up as Buckwheat and painted her face black.

The photograph was removed from the website and an apology was issued by the team’s coach which read, “Some of our costume choices were insensitive and entirely inappropriate. No offense was intended, but that does not matter because we should have realized how these choices would be viewed by those outside of our program. We should have been much more sensitive to the implications of our actions.”


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  1. michelle baxter says:

    Sounds like you need to educate everyone on race, class and gender! Get with the program Duke. There is no excuse for stupidity and ignorance.

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