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Whitworth students suspended for dressing up as Jackson 5 with black face {PICS} Are you offended and do you think they should be suspended?

Whitworth announced the five players have been suspended for Wednesday's game against Carleton College.

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A shocking photo taken by a student at Whitworth University is raising questions about racism and insensitivity. The school says the students in the photo have apologized, but the community isn't happy about what it saw. 

A student at Whitworth University posted the controversial photo on Instagram and Facebook showing members of the women's soccer team dressed up as the Jackson 5, wearing black face and afro wigs. The party wasn't associated with the university, but Whitworth posted a statement on Facebook Tuesday.

The actions of Whitworth’s students always reflect upon the university, whether taken in conjunction with Whitworth-sponsored events or outside of sponsored events. In response to an off-campus, unsanctioned Whitworth social event held last evening, a small group of student-athletes dressed up as the singing group, The Jackson 5, appearing in blackface and wearing afro wigs. In response to this incident, please read Chief Diversity Officer (and VP for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) Larry Burnley’s remarks to our campus community.

Dear campus community,

Whitworth University is imbued by its Christ-centered mission that informs our value for diversity and our demonstrated commitment to providing students, faculty, staff and guests with an environment that is safe, welcoming and respectful of all cultures and identities. Our nation and our world experience daily the pain and marginalization felt by people of diverse social backgrounds and identities.

It has been brought to the university’s attention that several students from our women’s soccer team dressed in blackface and with afro wigs in an attempt to depict the musical group The Jackson 5 at an informal event held at a local bowling alley last evening. Photos from the event were posted on a personal Facebook page. Constituents from both the campus and external communities have expressed concern with the photo’s content.

The student who posted the photo has since removed it and expressed remorse for the insensitivity of the decision to dress in this manner. The administration is taking further steps to examine the developments around the students’ decision to engage in this insensitive act. It is critical that the student body and Whitworth community learn from this behavior and consider not only the real or perceived intent of such actions, but also the detrimental impact they have on members of our community, regardless of intent.

Whitworth has absolutely no tolerance for the type of behavior demonstrated. Moved and driven by our mission, President Beck A. Taylor has recently said, “Whitworth’s commitment to diversity stems from a Christ-centered heritage that compels us to love justice and to treat every individual equally with respect and compassion. It is through the inclusion and experiences of others, often from diverse viewpoints, that we often see more clearly dimensions of life different than our own.”

Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have further questions or concerns regarding this situation.


Lawrence Burnley
Associate Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Chief Diversity Officer

The young woman who posted the photo has since deleted both her Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Fred Rony
I'm offended by those who are offended. I have spoken to my (well what should I call them since whatever I call them someone will be offended by it) "black", "african american", "colored", "of a different race", "of a different color" friends and NOT one of them were offended by what these students did. But some high society people didn't like it so they voiced their displeasure to Whitworth and since money talks and everything just walks Whitworth had to do something about it.
Cindy Higgins · 
I feel the greatest apology needs to be made to the 5 students who are being portrayed by Whitworth and now the media for being racist and insensitive. I heard this news story twice and went to this site (1st time ever) to truly TRY and understand what is the issue? I have NO issues with race whatsoever but because I was in a play when I was younger and we dressed up as a black family, does that make me racist and insensitive? I think not. Disappointing moment for Whitworth admin to say the least.
Yvonne Swan · 
I would like to know WHY these kids did this.
Reply · 1 · 12 hrs
Stephen Gaffney · 
Because they are kids and they wanted to dress as the Jackson 5. Something that would not have offended anyone 5 years ago.
Reply · 3 · 11 hrs
Fred Rony
Stephen Gaffney So true
Reply · 6 hrs
Curt Scott · 
I guess if they wanted to sing songs that were sung BY the Jackson 5 they wouldn't be allowed to do that either because some thin skinned ignorant racist might get offended.
Reply · 2 · 14 hrs
Gina Filippi Emory
Oh.My.God.... you can't dress up as the Jackson 5 now??? Whitworth, get a clue. This isn't about racism or diversity. It's college kids dressing up in costume. It would be different if they were dressing as random African Americans in blackface... They're the Jackson 5 for crying out loud!! Suspended for that? This is PC rum amok! I'm disappointed in Whitworth's response.
Reply · 6 · 14 hrs
Bruce Sexton · 
I don's see anywhere a possible suspension.
Reply · 7 hrs

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Comment by Claude Virgil on September 10, 2015 at 3:47pm
People get a grip on life everything white people do isn't racist. I find nothing wrong with what they did. And for them to be suspended is absolutely rediculus.
Comment by Riddim King on September 8, 2015 at 1:45pm

I think it's fine. 

Comment by Cocoa Butter on September 6, 2015 at 10:22am

Why not the Osmonds?  Oh, they weren't as big.

Comment by Big Woman on September 3, 2015 at 9:47pm
Where were they born on fukkin Mars or what?! Its not the impersonating the Jackson 5 but the blackface thing which was offensive.
Performing in blackface or minstrel shows were popular in the1800's and early 1900's. Blacks and a few whites were featured in traveling vaudville shows.
Google Bert Williams a famous minstrel performer who may of been of Carribean descent.
The students ignorance cannot be excused. This is a teaching moment. Cultural sensitivity training is in order.
Comment by El-Bull on September 3, 2015 at 5:42pm

When I was in college and took acting, it was required that I put on white face to play a part---I refused and was promptly kicked off the play----I felt it was demeaning to me as an actor----however in this case they were paying homage to the J5 and we clearly do not know their mind think for dressing in black face which I feel they could have done without and could have instead tinted/quick spray tanned their faces instead. Suspension? NO. Sensitivity training YES....especially given todays racial climate

Comment by DMP on September 3, 2015 at 4:07pm

With all of the outcry regarding the violence and demeaning behavior that has been going on in colleges regarding racial issues, these students were IGNORANT to the point of stupidity for what they did. It is insensitive and degrading, and further portrays (to me) first, that they picked up their biased behavior from someone....parents, family, friends. Also it displays their lack of understanding cultural diversity and respect of others different from them. We don't all look alike. The Jackson 5 were brown skinned. This type of blind behavior deserves correction by the school administration. Someone has to teach them a lesson of acceptable and unacceptable behavior.

If it hadn't happened on campus it would have been a matter of time before these DUMMIES would have done something foolish like this in the workforce. If you're grown enough to do stupid stuff be grown enough to accept and deal with the consequences there of.

Comment by malibu424 on September 3, 2015 at 3:09pm
I think it was a party or something but why not put brown make-up on your face instead of black make up none of us are that color anyway its no excuse for putting on black face.
Comment by mr1stroke on September 3, 2015 at 2:44pm

well the question is why did they do it, whats the motive? if they have a reason why not hear them out, since the Jackson five was a world wide super stars group every one love them and look up to them so lets not go on and be offended lets hear them out first

Comment by malibu424 on September 3, 2015 at 2:28pm
I'm black and first I would like to point out that now of the Jacksons were that color they were brown skinned second I don't think they should've been suspended but made aware that it is offensive to wear black face for us black people it may not offend a lot of the Caucasian people because its not your people that was made fun of and humiliated and degraded by it.
Comment by Dawn Hov on September 3, 2015 at 1:02pm
I notice the only ones upset they were suspended is the ones of the Caucasian ce

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