Campus Reform reports that an African American Colorado State University student was asked to exit a meeting the day before Halloween simply because was dressed up as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in blackface. The costume portrayed the recently re-elected Canadian Prime Minister after old photos emerged showing him dressed in black face.
This incident came a year after photos of Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam was also wearing black face.
Koby Peters, a member of student government from CSU’s College of engineering, spoke with Campus Reform about this strange incident. Peters claimed that other student government leaders voted to remove him from the meeting without giving him the chance to defend himself. The leaders who instructed Peters to leave were apparently of a variety of races, including white, black, and Hispanic.
Wearing blackface is typically viewed as racist when done by others groups, but Peters called to attention the irony of him getting removed from a meeting for wearing blackface, as an African American.
“As you can see, I cannot take off my blackface so adding on another shade, in my opinion, doesn’t change anything,” Peters commented.
Peters insisted that he didn’t wear the costume to offend anyone, but instead to get people talking.
“I was hoping there would be a lot of discussion because I chose this costume to bring out the hypocrisy that Canada re-elected Justin Trudeau on the back of the endorsement of Barack Obama so we really need to figure out whether blackface is OK or it’s not OK. The fact that I was voted out immediately just shows how hypocritical a certain side of the ideology is,” Peters stated. “I think it’s obvious that the reason being that it’s been taken so offensively is because I’m a black conservative on campus, which aren’t supposed to exist.”
Peters noted that this isn’t the first time he’s been singled out as a black conservative student. He added that in the past he’s been called a “nazi, a member of the KKK, and a race-traitor.”
It remains to be seen what will happen next. Peters explained that the college council that sent him to student government supposedly held a meeting on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 to determine if will keep his leadership position. Although Peter is optimistic that he will stay in his leadership role, he conceded that if he does not, “this will definitely show how afraid they are of different ideas.”
Student government leaders were not the only ones criticizing Peters. CSU’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers emailed its members after the incident, calling it “another recent issue with disrespect towards people of color.”
Interestingly, the email said that “this time it included a senator from the College of Engineering for ASCSU,” but it did not talk about Peters’ race.
On top of that, CSU College of Engineering dean David McLean emailed students to talk about “another incident of hate and bias.”
“This is example to us all on how we must remain steadfast in our commitment to immediately speak out against incidents of hate, bias and racism,” McLean wrote. “As a community, we in the College of Engineering abhor racism and bias, and we unequivocally condemn blackface. There is no place for hate in our college or at the university. This behavior does not reflect our values and our Principles of Community of Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service and Social Justice.”
“Acts of bias and racism, whether committed in ignorance or with malice, are harmful, degrading, and have long-lasting impacts. These acts are against our values, and we must continue to call out and condemn such acts. We must foster a sense of belonging in our college and continue to speak out against instances of hate, aggression and bias,” McLean continued.
Thanks to PC culture being so dominant on college campuses, conservatives of all stripes and backgrounds face many obstacles.
Incidents like these demonstrate the need for conservatives to build strong support networks on college campuses to help combat arbitrary leftist thought-policing.
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