Apparently it is now not culturally appropriate to wear a black, clay face mask. This is actually quite sad because generally the black ones are that color because they contain activated charcoal, which cleanses the skin. One student at the University of New Hampshire us under fire for wearing the bedtime mask, because it is “implied” to be “blackface”. Of course the student is white.
Other students reacted by refusing to take their exams, which the university eventually caved to and postponed them.
The controversy started earlier this week after a video showing a white student wearing a poncho on Cinco de Mayo was widely circulated. A sophomore, Danique Montique, uploaded a video harassing the poncho wearer, who responded: “I don’t care! I’m here to have fun.”
On Wednesday, the campus was hit with another controversy after an Instagram account called “blackoutlamers” uploaded a picture of a man wearing a facial mask, implying that it was blackface, with a caption that read: “And I was forced to become the very thing society deemed me to be, angry.”
“It pissed me off,” Montique told the Tab. “It added fuel to my anger. If I was angry before, I’m pissed off now. It was infuriating but also not surprising. Instances like this and worse have happened to us students of color on campus. The other young lady in the video was spat on in the past but the student got away.”
Montique also added that a group of 50 students of color are protesting the situation. “We’re refusing to go to finals,” she said. “We’re walking and demanding these students be held accountable.”
However, the 21-year-old in the picture, Eric Buchwald, says that he was not portraying blackface, and that he did not give permission for that photo to be used. He said he was simply wearing a facial mask that he has been using.
According to NH1 News, he told them: “I want nothing to do with the photo that is associated with blackface, and I definitely don’t want my face associated with that caption. None of this was my doing.” He continued, “Nowhere was I trying to be racist. Obviously, this shows racism is alive and well, I guess.”
The woman who runs the Instagram account that this photo was posted to has confirmed that Buchwald was not aware of his photo being posted. It was apparently taken months ago. She has since deleted the account, but the damage has already been made.