A female student of a University has been reportedly expelled from her institution of learning for posting a selfie she called ‘blackface’ selfie on her snapchat. The students reportedly apologized after she posted a ‘blackface’ selfie with the caption ‘Feels good to finally be a n—‘. Paige Shoemaker sent a Snapchat of her and her friend wearing clay face masks, with the offensive caption.
But after Desmund Weathers, another student at Kansas State University, tweeted the photo it caused outrage across the campus and then nationally.
Paige appears to have been expelled from the university as a result.
In an apology on Facebok, Paige said: ‘I did want to inform everyone that it was NOT ‘black face,’ but it was a L’Oréal clay facial mask.
‘We never intended for the picture to offend anyone. We had only meant for it to be taken in a funny way, but we clearly understand that what we said should never be joked around about.’
‘We accept that there will be people who won’t forgive us, but something had to be said,’ she continued.
‘We will battle everyone for the right to make things right, because we know what we did was wrong.’
Desmund, who posted the tweet, said the photo was emblematic of ‘constant microagressions towards African Americans in the classroom everyday’.
In a statement, Kansas State University said that Paige is not currently enrolled there.
Spokesperson Dr Zelia Wiley said: ‘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.’
Okegbemi Olusoji Festus is an Editor/Creative writer at campustori.com, A digital media Executive and a known Social Media Enthusiast.