Protests erupt at OSU after students pose in blackface
On Monday, protests erupted at Oklahoma State University after a student posted an image in blackface on social media, the second time in week that a white student has posted such an image.
The image was released on Martin Luther King Day, and after a massive outcry, the university itself released an apology, and the students involved also apologized. However, just one week later, another picture appeared on SnapChat, prompting students to protest, saying that it’s not enough for the university to simply apologize.
“That’s not where this ends. I think that more so than those students carrying that on. It’s a job for all of us to carry that on. That’s not an African-American problem. That’s not a minority problem. It’s an OSU problem,” Dillon Johson, the OSU SGA president, said.
During the protest, students lined the sidewalks just outside the office of the university president even as minority organization leaders met with him.
The SGA intends to hold a series of forums over the coming months in order to serve all the communities that feed into the university.
The university has not yet released a statement related to the most recent incident of blackface.