According to Paige Shoemaker, a former student at Kansas State University, her group of friends found it appropriate, and even funny, to wear blackface, throw up hand signs and caption a photo with the words “Feels good to finally be a n****r.”
Fortunately, KSU didn’t feel the same and the student has been expelled from the school after a picture she took made its way to Twitter.
The photo of Shoemaker was shared on Twitter and received more than 15,000 retweets in a single day. The response calling for some kind of response from the school cams just as swiftly.
Not long after, Shoemaker released what was meant to be an apology on Facebook that pulled from all of the usual lines people lean on when they get called on for racist acts. Such as “ask anyone who knows us, we are the most accepting and least racist people” and “We never intended for the picture to offend anyone. We had only meant for it to be taken in a funny way.”
School officials quickly took action by letting the public know that Shoemaker was no longer affiliated with the institution.
“This racially offensive photo with a derogatory message has upset the K-State family and is not in concert with our principles of community,” wrote Zeila Wiley, the interim associate provost for diversity, in a statement.
“K-State prides itself on being one family, no matter your race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or abilities,” said Pat Bosco, the school’s vice president for student life and dean of students. “All members of the K-State family deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.”
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