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Lacrosse Player Wears Blackface On Official Duke Website

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A picture on GoDuke.com, the official website of Duke University athletics, caused a little controversy today. The photo, which has been removed, featured several members of the women’s lacrosse team and one of the players is dressed up in blackface.

According to Dead Spin, the photo was taken at a team Halloween party at the home of head coach Kerstin Kimel. The players were all decided to dress up as the Little Rascals and since no Little Rascals group costume is complete without Buckwheat one of the white players had to put on blackface.

The incident raises two questions: How can people still not know that wearing blackface at anytime, in any place, and for any reason is inappropriate? How could the University publish the photo on the internet?

Kimel released a statement on Duke’s website saying that the costume was “entirely inappropriate.”

Kimel writes:

“The Duke Women’s Lacrosse program celebrates Halloween with an annual gathering. This year, some of our costume choices were insensitive and entirely inappropriate. No offense was intended, but that does not matter because we should have realized how these choices would be viewed by those outside of our program. On behalf of our coaching staff and our student-athletes, we apologize to anyone we may have offended and understand while we believed we were making decisions in good fun, we should have been much more sensitive to the implications of our actions.”

What do you think of the Duke Lacrosse team’s Little Rascal costume? Was wearing blackface inappropriate?

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24 Responses to “Lacrosse Player Wears Blackface On Official Duke Website”

  1. Donald Styer

    Hmm, I remember seeing a movie called "white girls" where the opposite was not only appropriate but provided plenty of laughs and made money for hollywood. Aren't we civilized enough to understand that this was a costume of a known character? Not an attempt at racism. Would it have been more appropriate to seek out a black person to play that role for the picture? I think not. We need to grow up and stop being so sensitive. We are all humans, thus the same race.

  2. Sherman Baxley

    I guess its ok for the Wayans brothers to portray white women in white face as materialistic dimwits! not at halloween but in a nationally seen movie!

  3. Anonymous

    Only whites would see nothing wrong with this. but yall probably think there's nothing wrong with charlie chan being played by a white person. and don't bring up white chicks because that was totally different just like when robert downey jr did the same thing as the waynes bros in tropic thunder.

  4. Anonymous

    every time a white person does black face its for something negative like chris brown beating rihanna, a pimp, a damn gangsta rapper or a stereotypical character like buckwheat. you never see a white putting on black makeup to portray blade, candy man or some non stereotypical character.

  5. Britton Simba Kuehn

    The fact that this has become this big of a deal to me is just sad. If your actually offended by this you need to fucking get over yourself. If I saw a black person dressed as a white person I would prly just laugh and not give two fucks. Why let something this little bother you. If black people call white people crackers we just take it and don't care, if I call a black person a nigger I'm gettin my ass kicked. You really want to be treated equal then stop getting so worked up about such lil problems. I'm so sick of people pulling the race card in stupid shit like this. Cant believe I wasted time to even read this…just stupid…

  6. Angie Woodson

    Ridiculous. This was part of a costume for a known beloved character. It's no secret the character was black. Wow.

  7. Rodney Lewis

    Well as the only African Amercian to comment on this page about the stupidity of what transpired, here goes…Just as I wouldn't wear a Hitler get-up as to not offend the millions of families of Jewish descent that underwent untold years of terror and horror, I would expect that a Duke educated woman would understand that there isn't, and never was, anything "humorous" about blackface. Furthernore, my skin is Brown, not Black. I find no humor in a white person smearing Black shoe polish on their face to be funny. Though I always enjoy it when the person that wasn't offended tells everyone else "don't be so sensitive". And by the way, I don't give a damn what the Wayans Brothers did. I saw no need to see that garbage either.

  8. Eric Morgan

    african american i dont know i never known of africa being in indiana….i see the 2 sides maybe not the right thing to do but in the same it was not a race crime…..and they did not break the law

  9. Bill Clauser

    Black face?? really?? What is it about ivoy league schools that makes people so stupid??

  10. Deanna Colin Brook

    I think if you wear it- you should spend at least 30 days living it. Fucking silver spoon asshats. And they aren

  11. Deanna Colin Brook

    DAMN enter…. AREN'T even smart enough to get through life- just have enough money…

  12. Jean Stallworth

    come on now you white folks say your smarter than any other race but you all look really ignorant to me your parents pay good money for you all to do this (GOD LETS HOPE NONE OF THEM ARE GOING TO BE DOCTORS AND LAWYERS.JUDGES, WHAT EVER OH MY GOD A POLICE OFFICER.THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO WHEN THEY GO OUT INTO THIS WORLD WITH MINORITIES YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT WHITE CHICKS THIS IS NO COMPARISON AT ALL. YOU SOUND LIKE THOSE GUYS WHO ARE KILLING BLACKS JUST IN THE NAME OF FUN HOW DARE YOU EVEN INSULT MY INTELIGENCE WITH THIS BS HOW DARE YOU THE MOVEI NEVER SAID THEY WERE DRUG DEALERS NONE OF THE MOVIE WAS ABOUT BASHING SOME ONES RACE HOW DARE YOU.) (EVERY ONE LOOK AT THEM VERY CLOSE BECAUSE THEY COULD VERY WELL BECOME DOCTORS AND LAWYERS. WHO WILL WE TURN TO FOR FAIR TREATMENT HELL HELP US ALL.OH MY GOD IF IT IS ONE BECAUSE WE WILL NEED HIM AS I SAID IF THEY BECOME DOCTORS FIRE FIGHTERS WILL THEY STOP TO MAKE FUN OF US OUR HOMES OUR FAMILYS WHAT WHEN IS IT ENOUGH. YOU ALL KNOW YOU WOULD HAVE A FIT IF A BLACK PERSON CAME AND SAT BESIDE YOU LOOKING LIKE SHE OR HE COUD JUST KICK YOUR ASSES OR PULL OUT A GUN OR JUST START WHIPPEN ON THAT? THEN ITS I WAS SO SCARED.WELL HELL I'm SCARED THIS IS WHAT A WELL KNOWN UNIVERSITY TEACHES ITS STUDENTS , and the parents spend their hard earned money so you can go to school and insult a whole race.

  13. Jordan Jones

    Your caps lock was not necessary at all. You make no real good points, and if you really think that this girl would just laugh at a black family while watching their house burn down, then I don't think you understand human interaction all that well… Yes, blackface is perceived as offensive because of its use in music and theater (in the early 1900s especially). But this is a costume. There isn't an issue with a man dressing up as a woman simply because women were always played by men in Shakespeare's time and earlier. It's just an arbitrary classification of what is offensive and what isn't. Most black people alive today were never directly affected by people wearing blackface, and it was never really all that popular when it was used. You act offended because you want to be.