Two Greek organizations at UCLA have come under criticism after holding a Kanye West-themed party where some attendees wore blackface.
Condemnation by African American student groups was swift after photographs of the party hit social media. One of these organizations, the Afrikan Student Union, met yesterday to discuss the incident.
UCLA said in a statement that it’s looking into what happened at the party.
“We remind students that while they are free to celebrate in ways that draw on popular culture, their specific choices can cause harm and pain to fellow members of their community. Put simply: Just because you can do something, does not mean you should,” the statement reads.
Jeffrey Stewart, Chair of Department of Black Studies at UC Santa Barbara. His work focuses on black culture, and black popular culture