Kansas State on Thursday disavowed a student’s racially offensive Snapchat post, saying there is “no place for racism at our university.”
The selfie, which appeared to be posted by Paige Shoemaker, showed two young women in blackface with the words “Feels good to finally be a n—-“
That kicked up a social media storm, with senior software engineering major Desmund Weathers tweeting the photo along with the words “Welcome to Kansas State University. Where breakfast in the morning is some K-State Family with a side of Racism.” The tweet drew thousands of retweets.
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Weathers, who is black, also tweeted: “But I’m supposed to walk into my classes feeling completely comfortable with people on our campus who think like this?”
Weathers told USA TODAY the behavior was not an isolated incident. He said he was shocked by the backlash two years ago when the Black Student Union held a “die in” after black teen Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., an incident that touched off protests across the nation. He said some students then used the anonymous social media app “Yik Yak” to post racial slurs.