Snapchat photo of an Auburn High School student wearing a black face mask and using a racial slur in the caption. The photo has been altered to blur the student’s face and racial slur that was used. (Snapchat)
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Auburn City Schools is currently investigating an “inappropriate” social media post made by an Auburn High School student.
The Snapchat shows a white student whose face is smeared with what appears to be a black face mask. The caption reads, “Is this what being a n***er feels like?”
The photo has been modified to blur (or obscure) the student’s face and the offensive language. Schools officials said in a statement Thursday morning that measures will be taken following the investigation. They did not provide any specific details in the statement.
“What has been presented to the administration at AHS and the leadership of ACS in this case does not reflect the school system’s statements of belief,” Auburn officials said.
This incident happened while two Virginia Democrats are facing backlash for participating in blackface in years past, launching a national re-examination of the past use of blackface by public officials and celebrities.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam initially admitted last week that he was in a photograph showing a man in blackface standing next to another man wearing a KKK attire. The picture was in Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook.
A few days later, Northam contradicted his earlier statements and said during a press conference that he wasn’t the man in the photo and will not resign. He also said that he did wear blackface once when dressing up as Michael Jackson.
Virginia’s attorney general also released an apology after admitting on Wednesday that he appeared in blackface during a 1980 college party.
The controversy spurred a host of headlines and a nationwide look at the use of blackface in recent decades from local politicians to late night comedians to fashion designers.
In Florida, a Republican state representative, Anthony Sabatini, has come under renewed scrutiny today for a photo of him dressing in blackface during a homecoming event. And the Italian fashion lineGucci stopped selling a black jumper after social media users pointed out that the design, with its long turtleneck and big red lips, resembles blackface.