OXFORD, Miss: — Last week, the Bias Incident Response Team received a report from a student who admitted to posing in blackface.
The student recognized the immediate impact of this behavior, reached out to staff, expressed remorse, and began engaging in a voluntary educational process that includes curricular, experiential, and reflective components.
Oct. 10 school officials, including the Vice-Chancellor for Diversity & Community Engagement, and the Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, penned a letter in response to the incident.
The letter titled “My Culture is Not a Costume,” reads:
FOX13 spoke with students on campus at Ole Miss who said they’re surprised by the incident.
“In my eyes I see it as very surprising because I personally hold this school to a higher standard than others. I don’t think it should be here, I thought this was all past us but I guess it's not,” Brendan Murphy, a freshman, said.
This isn't the first time Ole Miss has made headlines due to controversial issues. In July, three students posed with guns in front of an Emmitt Till sign.
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