Sorry, timed out. I gotta remember to stop posting at dinner time.
A student at my university came to a golf themed bar event dressed as Tiger Woods complete with brown paint on his face. At the bar an African-American student noticed his face and asked him to leave. The university got wind of it and now the student is facing expulsion for wearing “black face.” The local news ran a short piece on it as well.
A friend of mine and I currently disagree over whether or not the student deserves disciplinary action. He contended that the student did nothing wrong because he didn’t intend his costume to be interpreted as racially offensive, and that the African-American student was oversensitive. I argued that black face is symbolic of a period of humiliation and oppression for the black community, and that it is not the duty of the majority group to choose what is and isn’t sensitive to a minority group.
I think expulsion is a bit much, but I feel that some action should be taken. What are your thoughts? Is ignorance defensible?