Student Denies Blackface Insult

(Carbondale, IL)  —  Officials at Southern Illinois University’s Carbondale campus are investigating whether a photo from a private Facebook group is that of students in blackface.  The photo of a white man and woman with darkened faces standing in front of part of a confederate flag gained national attention when it was later shared on Twitter.  The student-run newspaper, the “Daily Egyptian,” quotes the woman as saying she didn’t intend any racial offense.  She said the flag was torn because she doesn’t support it and she says the darkened faces are from a cosmetic face mask.

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