Zoie Gilpin was just leaving a meeting of the Black Student Union Nov. 9 on the University of Oregon campus when she came across three people painting themselves in blackface.
She says, "One person laughed and directed a comment at me saying, 'Sorry that my friends are racist,' followed by more laughing. I said, 'Do you think this is funny?'"
Gilpin who The Oregonian says is biracial tells EW that he replied, "Yes, I do [think it's funny]. I don't actually think that my friends are racist; we are doing this for fun." And she says he continued to laugh about it, so she began to record the video that she subsequently posted on Twitter and was shared by Malia Thomas in a public Facebook post.
Gilpin says, "I'm infuriated. We were just discussing how we need to stick together as a black community" at the BSU meeting and "as soon as I leave, I run into this situation."
She adds, " It's not fair that we as a minority have to face this or any discrimination at all, let alone multiple times in a row. Blackface is just a thing now? And that's okay?"
She says the incident has been reportd to the campus police.
Below is the statement from the UO on the incident.
Dear Campus Community,The University of Oregon has been made aware of an incident involving young people wearing blackface on campus this evening. The use of blackface is patently offensive and reinforces historically racist stereotypes. While there is no evidence that the individuals who wore blackface are part of the UO community, it has no place in our society or at the UO.We commend the members of the UO community who have expressed themselves through a series of peaceful demonstrations today that were respectful of other members of our community. In addition, the students who witnessed this incident, showed great maturity and judgment in their reaction to it.The incident has been reported to Student Life and the UOPD, which has doubled their patrols on campus this evening. The UO is committed to fostering a campus culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We continue to be focused on supporting our students and providing a welcoming, safe, and respectful environment.Sincerely,Dr. R. Kevin MarburyInterim Vice President for Student Life
Walking home from the BSU meeting and there are 3 kids participating in black face and found it so humorous. This is wtf is wrong. pic.twitter.com/3Lrf4jOFU0
— zoiejaxon (@zoie_jaxon) November 10, 2016