First they did, then they didn’t.
Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last few days, you’ve probably heard about the Stellenbosch students who were suspended from their residence for what people said was a black face incident. It turned out, they were actually purple facing and were dressed up as aliens.
In this is a screenshot, Poekie Briedenhann, one of the students involved, posted on Instagram. Other images of the event which circulated clearly show the paint as purple.
Here’s an example of the what the paint ACTUALLY looked like.
The students were suspended when the incident first surfaced and after they explained, the dust had seemingly settled. Student movement Open Stellenbosch even apologised, but that didn’t last long.
The group retracted an apology it sent to two students after the pair’s purple costumes were deemed racist on social media, claiming their actions were “still blackface”.
In a Facebook post, the group said that the picture should be considered in context.
“[Monday’s] apology was however issued without the consensus of the collective and should not be considered to be the current stance of OS on the ‘blackface’ incident,” the post read.
“We as OS maintain that the fact that the student filtered the photo to appear black and then knowingly continued to upload the photo herself onto social media clearly confirms that this is a blackface incident.”
They will also continue to insist on their suspension from the university.
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