UPDATE: Members of the Black Student Union say that’s not good enough and the two students must be “educated” (said by Matthew Wade of the Black Students’ Union).
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater chancellor said an image that initially prompted concerns about race relations on campus appears to have been a misunderstanding.
Beverly Kopper verified to News 3 that her statement issued Thursday morning about a racist image on social media was connected to a photo of two students who some thought were wearing blackface paint. In the statement, she called the image “hurtful and destructive to our campus community.”
Kopper later said the students said they just had a facial and took a picture. She said the students did not mean for it to be harmful and did not know the implications.
In the initial statement, Kopper said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Tom Rios has formed a group that has already begun meeting with students, researching these issues, and working on the development of an action plan for moving forward. She said the group will meet next week to discuss an event that will allow the campus “to capture the student voice and develop a collective response to these issues.”
“Some of our multicultural and nontraditional students feel the environment on campus is not welcoming to all,” Kopper wrote. “Over and over, the students in attendance expressed their need to be heard and for campus to do more than just talk.”
There is possibly a happy ending to all this. Some Wisconsin state legislators are looking into having her removed.