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Re: “Rhodes President Condemns 'Hate-Filled Essay' Written by a Student

My freshman year I thought it would be funny to dress in black face for my Halloween costume. I went as fat Albert one night and an African dashiki the next night. Bars around Memphis found my costume hilarious and I won more than one costume contests over the Halloween holiday. This was my ignorance and thought that no one would find this offensive. After my costumes garnered the Rhodes spotlight, I was called into dean Stackmans office. He explained how other students felt about my choice in costume.
At prep school, this was totally acceptable, as some of the coaches channeled athletes of color to make a point of appearance and value. To this day I regret donning a blackface character for humorous purposes. Most of you know that all I wanted was attention. But I hurt people in the process. My decisions were wrong and all those who laughed at my costume choice can keep that to themselves. As a gay man, I know that it takes a lot to be accepted and understood. When I was young I did not understand this. As an adult I realize that I hurt many people. It was my ignorance. However, my costume spurred many discussions about race. I was wrong to dress as I did. I was wrong to classify a group of people based on my preconceived attitude of who belonged where. We are meant to forge our own path and bless those with beauty along the way

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Posted by freddieball3 on 09/09/2017 at 5:17 AM


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