Photo surfaces of Bridgewater State student in blackface

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Bridgewater State University officers say they’re investigating after a photograph surfaced of a white pupil in blackface — with a racial slur written throughout it — on the college’s cell app Sunday night time.

“During this national crisis, when we are all coming together in solidarity to remind our country that black lives matter, such a message only exacerbates the pain and anger we are already feeling,” college President Frederick W. Clark Jr. stated in a letter to the group dated Tuesday.

In the photograph, the white girl, who Clark did affirm is a pupil there however didn’t determine, is in blackface and is sporting a white headband with rabbit ears hooked up. “[N-word] bunny” is typed throughout the photograph. The photograph has appeared on a number of social media platforms, together with Twitter and Instagram.

“I want to express my gratitude to members of our community for alerting us to this racist post,” Clark wrote. “We heard your voices loud and clear. We have already been in contact with the student and the student’s family. Our Office of Community Standards and our Office of Equal Opportunity is investigating to verify the validity of all elements in the image, including the text, and will be addressing this matter promptly.”

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— Bridgewater State University (@BridgeStateU) June 2, 2020

Just the day earlier than, Clark had addressed the dying of George Floyd, the Black man who was killed whereas in Minneapolis police custody final week, in a separate letter to the group. A discussion board was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon to speak about Floyd’s dying, and the emotions individuals locally could also be experiencing.

“These past ten weeks have again exposed the deep structural inequalities that are tearing at the fabric of our nation – vast and growing inequalities of opportunity, of income and wealth, of access to education and healthcare, of equal protection under the law through the criminal justice system and of just treatment as human beings with inherent dignity and worth,” Clark wrote.

The homicide of George Floyd has once more uncovered the horrendous racism and violent hatred enduring in America. We condemn this mindless killing of yet one more black man.

Read President Clark’s assertion on inequity, protests and our accountability to be a catalyst for actual change. pic.twitter.com/mZ03tUHTlp

— Bridgewater State University (@BridgeStateU) June 1, 2020