A white male student from the University of Arkansas finds himself under investigation after using a Wakanda Snapchat filter and a black facial mask to spark controversy. The caption of his snap reads, "I hope this offends someone."
There is no denying the impact of the wildly successful blockbuster 'Black Panther.' In the second week following its release, the film remained at the top of the box office, becoming the fourth film to ever cross $100 million in its second weekend, bringing in an estimated $108 million domestic and over $700 million internationally.
It's not hard to understand why everyone wants to get in on the action and excitement, including white people. The student followed that post with one just as offensive, “Oh, please. It’s a joke, not a d—; quit taking it so hard.”
The fact that we still have to teach others about the disrespect and racism that comes from blackface is absurd. Much less as we bring Black History Month to a close. Yet, here we are. Fortunately enough, there were plenty of students who took to Twitter and demanded that the university take action.
One student tweeted, “We don’t play these games anymore @UArkansas I hope you plan on addressing this.”
In response, Arkansas chancellor Joseph Steinmetz tweeted the school “supports an inclusive community today and every day that welcomes and supports a diversity of people, ideas and perspectives. These are the core values we share despite insensitivity displayed by any individual.”
“We are actively addressing it within the framework of our Code of Student Life. Degrading and harassing messages create an environment that does not foster respectful dialogue/positive educational environment & is not acceptable at the UA.”