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Monday, September 19, 2016

A college student has been expelled by Kansas State University after a SnapChat photo in which she and another woman wore black cosmetic facemasks and made a joke about being black. Paige Shoemaker's joke was sent privately among friends, but it was reposted and went viral with some help from Daily Kos blogger Shaun King. The caption read "Feels good to finally be a n---." Shoemaker and her friend apologized and she wrote on Facebook, "We clearly understand that what was said and done was completely disrespectful."

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#1 | Posted by sentinel at 2016-09-18 06:35 PM | Reply

Stupid college girls post racist crap on social media and suffer entirely predictable consequences. Oh noes!

#2 | Posted by Sully at 2016-09-19 09:43 AM | Reply

If you believe the student's facebook explanation for what happened and what the intent was........it's really not right they are being expelled.

In any case, I intend to use this as a teaching tool for my kids and the consequences of taking photos like this and sharing it.

the students being expelled didn't even post the photos, right?

#3 | Posted by eberly at 2016-09-19 10:44 AM | Reply

I think I misspoke...the students snap chatted it with a nasty caption.

Hard to backtrack that.

#4 | Posted by eberly at 2016-09-19 10:48 AM | Reply

This seems a bit ridiculous to me. The word she used that caused so much outrage is all over the place on social media accounts of young people.

I see it on Twitter all the time used in a jocular way, independent of race.

I find that bizarre -- the word seems blatantly offensive to me -- but there's clearly a generational thing going on with it.

I looked at a few Twitter accounts of college students at her school who were outraged. They're using the word themselves in a friendly way!

#5 | Posted by rcade at 2016-09-19 11:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The Mizzou stuff has been so tumultuous around the KS and MO areas that students should know better than to think this will fly.

It's not really about her, but about what kind of conduct is expected of current students in respecting others.

Posting on social media is really so dumb for people who want to have a bright future ahead of them.

#6 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2016-09-19 11:56 AM | Reply

The dean of students for the College of Cosmetology at K-State could not be reached for comment...

#7 | Posted by catdog at 2016-09-19 12:00 PM | Reply

It was a stupid move on their part, but expelling them is overkill. There is this trend where if someone does something wrong, and it goes viral, it's almost expected that their life/career/in this case education is ruined, even if they apologize for it and try to change. If this had been brought to the university's attention minus the internet mob demanding everything from expelling to violence and death, they would have probably just been reprimanded, put on probation and made to take some kind of training. Internet mob justice is just vengeance in disguise.

It goes on and on. People are accused publicly, called out on social media. Pictures are posted. Rumors are circulated. Jobs are lost and reputations damaged. Sometimes the people being shamed are bad people. But always the shaming circumvents due process, precedes true justice, and serves mainly to inflate the sense of self-importance and egos of its progenitors.

Whatever cause outrage culture serves is made secondary to the sweeping, irrational mob.

www.forbes.com

#8 | Posted by LIVE_OR_DIE at 2016-09-19 12:31 PM | Reply

and went viral with some help from Daily Kos blogger Shaun King who is ALSO A WHITE MAN PRETENDING TO BE BLACK.

#9 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2016-09-19 02:47 PM | Reply

I don't understand all this computer stuff. How does a private conversation go viral? And if it is a private conversation, can that really be used as the basis to punish the participants?

#10 | Posted by moder8 at 2016-09-19 03:02 PM | Reply

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#9: Whether or not King is "trans" should not be relevant. The fact that he participated in maliciously destroying a kid's life is.

#11 | Posted by sentinel at 2016-09-19 03:03 PM | Reply

Posting on social media is really so dumb for people who want to have a bright future ahead of them.

#6 | Posted by BruceBanner

It is, but still all teenagers do dumb things. The internet now immortalizes them.
No one's life should be ruined by some dumb teenagers crap they do, even if it falls in the racist, sexist, or homophobic categories that set the millenials' hair on fire.

Thank GOD i went to college before youtube.

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2016-09-19 03:04 PM | Reply

There's also a new OUTRAGE PC POLICE groupthink effect going on, where if someone says something offensive or un-PC, a whole mob of people attacks them online- not in an effort to fix anything, but in an effort to prove THEY are better people who know all the newest PC terminology.

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2016-09-19 03:15 PM | Reply

It was a stupid move on their part, but expelling them is overkill.

I agree.

Easy argument to be made that these are precisely the students who most need some education...

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2016-09-19 03:19 PM | Reply

I've always thought using blackface to get a few cheap laughs was a hurtful thing to do.

#15 | Posted by CalifChris at 2016-09-19 03:32 PM | Reply

I've always thought using blackface to get a few cheap laughs was a hurtful thing to do.

#15 | Posted by CalifChris

Yes but it shouldn't get you expelled. A lot of teens reach that age where they are questioning authority and societal norms. They don't understand there are REASONS why certain things are frowned upon, so they think they're just transcending the old rules into a new more accepted and open society. That attitude is a positive thing, even if it occasionally causes trouble. We shouldn't scold people into all being sheepish inoffensive lemmings.

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2016-09-19 03:34 PM | Reply

Wow, on a thread based on racism or a racist act, I'm in agreement with Snoofy and Speaksoftly.

did I receive a head injury over the weekend?

anyway.......I don't know anything about these students but I'll tell you that the majority of students that attend K-State are from mostly rural communities, and have had little experience interacting with black kids their own age.

#17 | Posted by eberly at 2016-09-19 04:29 PM | Reply

a white person(s) using the n word did more to save OJ from the death penalty then puffing up so the glove won't fit. if a black person white faces and says they know what it's like to be country Jethro no one would be disciplined. we know that and now these ladies know that. the gate doesn't swing both ways cuz it never did.

#18 | Posted by emaw at 2016-09-19 05:41 PM | Reply

#18

cool handle.

I know what that stands for.......

#19 | Posted by eberly at 2016-09-19 05:43 PM | Reply

What gets me about this whole thing is not only the stupid insensitivity of the students who did this but the stupid insensitivity of Shaun King for making this go viral and in effect getting these kids expelled. Regardless of how he "identifies" he had as little regard for these kids as the guys who beat the snot out of him when he was in high school.

Two wrongs do not make a right, regardless of how big the chip you carry.

#20 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2016-09-19 06:03 PM | Reply

Students everywhere should protest by all being blackface thats what others do.

#21 | Posted by tmaster at 2016-09-19 07:22 PM | Reply

So are they fair in this policy? how many blm people have they suspended?

#22 | Posted by tmaster at 2016-09-19 07:26 PM | Reply

More intolerance by leftists.

Sure what they did was stupid but to expel them from school?

#23 | Posted by sawdust at 2016-09-19 07:27 PM | Reply

She was just honoring Hillaries blackface photos.

#24 | Posted by tmaster at 2016-09-19 08:00 PM | Reply

Re #24

What blackface photos?

WE really don't want to hear about your Hillary Porn surfing habits.

#25 | Posted by donnerboy at 2016-09-19 08:37 PM | Reply

"What blackface photos? "

Kept in the same place as Michelle's "Whitey tape".

#26 | Posted by Danforth at 2016-09-19 08:41 PM | Reply

#18 | POSTED BY EMAW AT 2016-09-19 05:41 PM | FLAG:

You forgot to add "white genocide" but I guess your post goes without saying.

#27 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2016-09-20 12:16 AM | Reply

It wasn't even blackface, unless they only put those masks on with the intention of making that dumb comment in the photo caption.

#28 | Posted by sentinel at 2016-09-20 04:37 AM | Reply

And... her Facebook page is gone.

#29 | Posted by sentinel at 2016-09-20 05:40 AM | Reply

Here's an interview with the guy who retweeted the photo an made it public.

"People needed to see what happens behind closed doors"

Sounds like these girls have a strong case for a lawsuit, against him, Shaun King and the university.

#30 | Posted by sentinel at 2016-09-20 05:56 AM | Reply

#30 - Considering what is going on in the country, it is necessary for people to start mentioning that racism is not acceptable. The problem is getting worse, not better. Look at #18 and #19 to see the example.

#31 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2016-09-20 10:37 AM | Reply

The kid was stupid, no doubt about it, but I'm not so sure expelling her was the answer, either. If ever there was an "educational opportunity", this was one and K-State passed on the opportunity rather than do the hard work of their job as an educational institution(Insert Cow College joke HERE). Nobody's better off for this.

#32 | Posted by morris at 2016-09-20 03:29 PM | Reply

A few more '------' selfies from these two dopes and they'll get scholarships to Trump U.

#33 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2016-09-20 04:50 PM | Reply

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