Every time I hear someone say something like racism isn’t a problem anymore I have to wonder in what sheltered world do they live in. Because stories like this remind me that race relations in this country are still a major issue. An Asian fraternity by the name of Lambda Theta Delta at the University of California – Irvine has been under fire after posting a video where one of the members portrays Jay-Z by wearing blackface. Using Justin Timberlake‘s Suit & Tie as the soundtrack, the clip shows snippets of events that the fraternity has hosted. It then segways to a group of fraternity members singing along with Justin, when all of a sudden a member in blackface comes out as Jay Z.
The group has since then issued an apology on Facebook, saying that the use of blackface was insensitive and wrong. They also claim that the video was the creation of only a few members and not by the fraternity as a whole. They close by saying that the video does show that racism and ignorance still exists today and they in no way condone it. It was a great apology but I’m not sure I buy the “we didn’t know this was being made” angle. But, maybe that’s me. Check out the video in question plus the full apology below: Continue Reading →