It seems that a group of white students from a Louisiana college decided it was cool to dress in blackface and reenact the "Jena 6" assault while they had a friend take photos and videotape it which they later posted on Facebook.
Louisiana? Blackface? Are you sure these kids aren’t kin to Shirley Q. Liquor ?
TheSmokingGun.com reports that the photos were taken late last month on the bank of the Red River, where students from the University of Louisiana at Monroe giddily acted out the racial attack. The photos and video clip were posted to the Facebook page of Kristy Smith, a freshman nursing student.
The album of images was entitled "The Jena 6 on the River." In the video, three students with mud smeared across their bodies stomp on a fourth student, while two of the participants are heard to say, "Jena 6." One man can also be heard saying, "Niggers put the noose on." After the video and photos on Smith's page were discovered by fellow students, she removed the material and made her Facebook page private.
Smith later apologized for the images in several recent Facebook postings. "We were just playin n the mud and it got out of hand. I promise i'm not racist. i have just as many black friends as i do white. And i love them to death," she wrote.
>>>>>>>Me rolling my eyes saying, “Yeah, I bet you love Blacks to death.”
She added in a later message that her friends "were drinking" and things "got a lil out of hand." When faced with heated online criticism from fellow students, Smith yanked the photos and video from Facebook, but not before one student downloaded the photos and another videotaped the video directly from her computer screen (and then posted the clip on YouTube).
The Monroe campus is about 65 miles north of Jena.
College students in Texas, Connecticut, and South Carolina have previously posted similar racially charged images on Facebook.
See this is the kind of racist shit, I’m talking about.
Usually the combination of college students and alcohol leads to sex, maybe even orgies, followed by hangovers and missed classes the next day, not a group of white students dressing in blackface and mocking a very serious situation. That excuse just doesn’t fly.
Obviously, somewhere in their upbringing they were given the impression, either by their parents or someone, that Blacks are inferior to whites which manifested in them thinking that it was okay to pull the shit they did.
And posting it online was just sheer stupidity, or brilliance depending on if you buy her excuse. I think they knew exactly what they were doing and only because it has blown up are they now trying to clean it up.
What if a group of Black students got together had a little bit too much to drink and decided to reenact the murder of Nicole Brown-Simpson? Or Michael Vick’s abusive treatment of his dogs? And what if they put those photos online? I can guarantee you that FOX would be all over it and whites would be outraged demanding for the students to be expelled from the college, not to mention if I were them I’d probably lay low for a while if you know what I mean.
I don’t know if you remember earlier this year when white students on college campuses threw “pimps and hoes” parties to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Or the white gay man Charles Knipp who still continues to parade around the South in gay nightclubs performing racially offensive material in drag and blackface. He describes his character Shirley Q. Liquor as an “inarticulate black welfare mother with 19 children.” While in blackface as Liquor, Knipp speaks in Ebonics and makes comments like “axe your mamma how she durrin” and misuses words like “ignunt.” Knipp mocks the Black American holiday Kwanzaa and uses black faces to make fun of stereotypical Black names in a music video entitled, “Who Is My Baby’s Daddy .” Knipp's white character, a woman named Betty Butterfield describes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a “colored preacher” during a video segment on the Lutheran Church.
The college students in Louisiana are just a manisfestation of their environment and upbringing which only goes to show that there are still places in America where racism against Blacks is alive and well and white families condone it.
But hey, it's 2007, and we’re ready to send a Black man to the White House...right?