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Christian college in West Texas expels students for blackface video

An ACU student shared a video on social media of a white student in blackface on Monday. Two students were expelled from the university later that day.
An ACU student shared a video on social media of a white student in blackface on Monday. Two students were expelled from the university later that day.

Two college students at a Christian university in West Texas were expelled from the school Monday after a Snapchat video of a white student in blackface was circulated around campus.

The video showed a white female student at Abilene Christian University wearing black makeup on her face and saying, “I’m a strong black woman,” before putting on some bright red oversized lips as several people laugh in the background.

The video’s caption read, “this is why black lives matter exists.”

Many students at the school became outraged and shared the video around several social media platforms, prompting a quick response from the university’s president, Phil Schubert, who said in a statement later Monday that administrators met with the people involved in the video and “they are no longer students at ACU.”

“I cannot emphasize strongly enough that this kind of hurtful behavior has no place on our campus or on behalf of ACU,” Schubert said in the statement. “Whether on social media or in person, we must hold ourselves to high standards of accountability for what we publish or say.”

According to The Optimist, ACU’s student newspaper, the school’s anti-harassment policy prohibits discriminatory harassment, which may include posting videos on social media that “may embarrass or offend an individual because of one’s legally protected characteristic.”

The policy says violators of the policy are subject to expulsion or other discipline.

Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST

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