*Paige Shoemaker may have gotten a little too comfortable with her white privilege. Perhaps in her case, here at Kansas State University at least, it just expired. The blonde, blue-eyed student who says her diverse group of friends at school knows she is the “least racist” person claims “no one in our group was offended” by the photo of her and a friend on Snapchat.
KSU apparently decided they don’t need that kind of attention and has since kicked the girl to the proverbial curb.
In the event you don’t speak that language: Shoemaker has been kicked out of school. She is no longer enrolled. The school has said, Buh-bye!
The photo (shown above) has two students, one of whom was Shoemaker, the other Sadie Meier, wearing black-clay masks on their faces, only eyes and lips exposed, along with the caption, “Feels good to finally be a nigga” while throwing up signs of crossed fingers.
SIDEBAR: What the hell IS that sign, anyway? Hit me back in ‘comments’ to inform, please.
The photo caught the attention of the virtual world; and the weight of overwhelming response nearly shut the KSU Facebook page down.
Maybe Shoemaker would have had better luck if some of her Black friends had appeared in the photo with her. Just saying…
In the video below a social media expert explains how Snapchat is NOT private, in spite of what people think, and wonders ‘what was this girl was thinking’ when she posted the insensitive video which her followers were privy to as well.
But stuff really hit the fan after another student, Desmund Weathers, posted Shoemaker’s image to Twitter. His post, accompanied by…
‘Welcome to Kansas State University. Where breakfast in the morning is some K-State Family with a side of racism,’
…was retweeted more than 15,000 times in one day.
Angry responses came in from all around the world (where are all of these people when we REALLY need them!!!) saying things like…
“Her name is a verb for ignorance now,” and “If you’re one of the people who thinks she isn’t racist, you’re just as big of a problem as she is.”
Jim Grant, the social media specialist referenced earlier, broke it down in the video above.
That’s when KSU stepped in and offered a formal apology.
According to a report in The Daily Mail, the school’s administrator said that the Campus Climate Response Team, which includes the Office of Diversity and Office of Student Life, met immediately after the photo was brought to the school’s attention.
‘This racially offensive photo with a derogatory message has upset the K-State family and is not in concert with our principles of community,’ she wrote.
‘Such messages on social media are harmful to all.’
Bosco wrote in his letter that he became aware ‘one of our students’ posted a ‘racially offensive photo…and used one of the most derogatory words in the English language’.
‘This photo has students, faculty, staff and other members of the K-State family upset,’ he continued.
‘It rightly should, as there is no place for racism at our university, regardless of what the intentions may have been.’
‘K-State prides itself on being one family, no matter your race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or abilities. All members of the K-State family deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.’
But the wording in another KSU statement (referred to in the video) that refers to “the involved person” not being “currently enrolled in the university” can be deceiving.
The school’s ominous message reads…
“The involved student is not currently enrolled at the university. It is our understanding the second individual in the photo is not associated with the university.”
Does this mean said student can return later? Why not use the students names, since they are already known? Why not just say, “Paige Shoemaker is no longer enrolled at the university?”
To me, this leaves too much room to double-back later. Too much room for conjecture.
ON ANOTHER NOTE I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DID NOT SAY ‘THIS A NEW DAY’ AND ‘NIGGA’ AIN’T NOTHING NEW TO THESE STUDENTS — BLACK, WHITE OR OTHER.
Paige Shoemaker just made the dumb mistake of posting her comments, but truth be told, students today, Black, white and other, use the term ‘nigga’ sparingly to refer to one another’s ‘cool factor.’ And whether we want to hear it or not, Black students don’t even blink. Many of them are unlike Desmund Weathers. They continue to kick it with these friends because they don’t carry the same baggage as the older generation.
To them, ‘you my nigga’ is very different than, ‘You’re a nigger!’
Whether this is a correct thinking or not, it’s something we can’t change. Young folk are gonna be young folk. It’s a new day baby, and with it comes a LOT of new thinking.