AFRICANGLOBE – A university student in the US has been expelled, and his fraternity suspended, after he shared a photo of himself at a Halloween party in blackface make-up, apparently dressed as Bill Cosby.
Brock Denton, a sophomore student at the University of Central Arkansas, posted the image on his personal Instagram page. Captioned “It was a bold night,” it showed him wearing black face paint and a brightly coloured Cosby-esque jumper.
It is thought to have been taken at a Halloween party held by his fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma, on Friday evening.
University President Tom Courtway issued a statement saying: “A short time ago we were made aware of a picture on social media showing what is purported to be a UCA student wearing blackface. This picture is highly offensive and repugnant, and this representation goes against all we, at UCA believe and stand for.
“This institution embraces all races, cultures, and nationalities. We strive each day to be welcoming, inclusive and diverse, and will always continue to do so.
“The matter will be investigated by the appropriate University offices, and we can assure the UCA family and all others that it will (be) dealt with accordingly.”
— Mitchell McCoy (@MitchellMcCoy) October 29, 2016
Taking a page out of the George Zimmerman playbook, Mr Denton, originally from Greenbrier, Arkansas, posted a note on Instagram after the photo went viral saying: “I have been sent death threats, threats to burn my house down. I am scared for my life.
“I am the farthest thing from discrimination (sic), as a matter of fact I fight for equality every day, I’ve been writing a book for the past two years on what it really means to be a good person.”
His note also criticised the impact social media has had on culture, saying it has “corrupted society in regard to heated controversial topics such as this.”
“Please except my apology not because of me but because of the sake of this great nation (sic).”
He has since deactivated his Instagram account.
By: Adam Boult