The taxpayer-funded chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is backtracking furiously after she cried racism because two students posted a Snapchat image of themselves standing in a dorm with a dark, ink-like facial skincare treatment carefully smeared all over their faces.
On Thursday morning, Beverly Kopper, UW-Whitewater’s $238,000-per-year chancellor, composed a lengthy statement about her plan for massive action in response to the the skincare image, reports local CBS affiliate WISC-TV.
“Last night a disturbing racist post that was made to social media was brought to my attention,” Kopper’s statement read.
“This post was hurtful and destructive to our campus community,” the deeply disturbed Kopper also wrote. “You have my promise that these steps are only the starting points and together, we will determine actions that will ultimately create a long-term cultural change.”
Kopper indicated that another high-ranking UW-Whitewater official, $143,468-per-year Tom Rios, was leading a group of bureaucrats who would meet with students, research race relations and really get to the bottom of the exfoliation of the faces of two white students.
The group had been scheduled to meet this week “to capture the student voice and develop a collective response to these issues,” according to WISC-TV.
It’s not clear if this meeting is still scheduled.
After finally realizing that the two students in the photo were not wearing black face, Kopper, who has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Iowa State University, admitted the photo was not actually harmful.
Instead of blaming herself for being a complete idiot, however, Kopper still blamed the two white students for failing to “think about the implications and the impact that it would have” to appear in a photo wearing skin products.
Black students on campus then immediately moved on from the facial fracas to complain about other alleged affronts.
“Young ladies using Snap Chat to say the n-word multiple times mockingly, or you have someone who still has not been identified write the n-word on a black student’s page,” Black Student Union president Radaya Ellis claimed to WISC-TV.
Another black student, Reginald Kirby, said he believes that white students should undergo mandatory racial training.
“I think they should be educated on the topic,” Kirby told the station.
[dcquiz] A local Republican lawmaker also entered the fray to criticize the actions of school administrators as ridiculous.
“The racial over-reaction of Chancellor Beverly Kopper and other UW-Whitewater administrators without first checking the facts of the situation is a stark example of how political correctness has warped the mindset of highly educated university administrators,” state Sen. Steve Nass said in a statement. “Frankly, these are the people responsible for educating our sons and daughters, but they seem incapable of applying reason or common sense.”
The unidentified students who appeared in the image will face no disciplinary action.