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World Westlake Girls' investigates student's blackface Instagram post

04:12  29 may  2020
04:12  29 may  2020 Source:   radionz.co.nz

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An Auckland highschool is investigating a racist act by one of its students which took place weeks ago. © Screenshot / GoogleMaps An image of of a girl from Westlake Girls ' High School wearing black face was posted to Instagram with a derogatory caption - including the n-word.

A student says the school failed to act and has asked pupils not to talk about it. Westlake Girls High School has been accused of siding with a student who caused outrage with a blackface selfie The school told the Herald it is " investigating the situation". However, a student who asked to remain

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An Auckland high school is investigating a racist act by one of its students which took place weeks ago.

An image of a girl from Westlake Girls' High School wearing blackface was posted to Instagram with a derogatory caption - including the n-word.

The controversial image stirred up anger online, with many calling her actions "ignorant" and "racist".

But, shortly after it was posted, her friend defended her action's saying, "blackface has nothing to do with Polynesians so go back to your state housing".

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On the Westlake Girls' High School website, the school states - "we celebrate and embrace ethnic and cultural diversity".

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Four Colorado State University students are pictured in an Instagram story wearing blackface , with text on the photo reading “Wakanda forevaa,” a But the Instagram post is one of several incidents prompting racial tension in the past two years at the university. In March 2019, a student wrote a

A spokesperson for the school said they would not comment until after the investigation.

A teacher of another Auckland school who saw the image online was deeply disappointed, said it was "ignorant" and wanted the student to "learn from her mistakes".

In a social media post reacting to the image she wrote:

"A disgusting act by one of your students. From what's coming out of your school it seems as though casual racism is more prevalent than most people know about. How can parents ensure the safety of POC students in your school if this is the mindset of your European cohort? The student AND school need to take accountability and not by posting a pathetic apology on an Instagram page. Own up. Don't ignore it!"

The South Auckland school teacher, who did not want to be named, told RNZ Westlake Girls must take disciplinary action because it was a disservice to people of colour.

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Student at Atholton High posted photo and racial epithet on social media. School district officials in suburban Maryland are investigating an incident involving a white student who posted a photo of herself in blackface on social media, with a caption that used a racial epithet.

The Rockwood School District is investigating after students at Eureka High School posted a picture to social media wearing blackface and using a racial slur.

She said the history of blackface is not a joke and is steeped in centuries of racism.

Historically, blackface began in the US after the Civil War as white performers played characters that demeaned and dehumanised African Americans. People darkened their skin with shoe polish, greasepaint or paint, enlargened their lips and exaggerated other features to denigrate people of African descent.

"Being racist is not something you are born with, it is a learned behaviour," the school teacher said.

"No form of racism is ok - especially casual racism, which we see a lot of in schools."

She hopes this will open the conversation to others and that schools will prioritise teaching on race issues, including the history of "minorities groups oppressed" within New Zealand and nations like America.

By using her role as a teacher she wanted to influence the next generation to "treat others better, no matter what race, religion, colour or gender they are".

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The student wasn’t wearing blackface when he entered but apparently applied it during the game to his entire face and posted a photo of himself The statement said blackface evokes reminders of a racist and painful history for black people and school administrators have launched a full investigation .

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She noted the need for some people within older generations to do some "unlearning" of racist attitudes which are easily passed down to friends and family.

Education can change the underbelly of racism within New Zealand, she said.

Meanwhile, in America, outrage is sparking a worldwide conversation around what many are calling an "injustice" against human rights, following the death of an African American man George Floyd.

Footage shared online shows, Floyd, on the ground as a white policeman kneels on his neck. Floyd is groaning and repeatedly saying "I can't breathe".

Minnesota police said 46-year-old Floyd, who had worked providing security at a restaurant, died after a "medical incident" in a "police interaction".

The four police officers involved have since been fired, with the Minnesota Mayor saying that being black "should not be a death sentence".

The incident echoed that of Eric Garner, a black man who died while being arrested in New York City in 2014.

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