An extremely racist party is reportedly a tradition at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, but maybe not for much longer after Twitter responded to appalling photos from the event.
Twitter blew up when Twitter user Celeste Yim shared a series of offensive, racist costumes from a party apparently held by students of Queen's University. Her post was captioned, "A very shockingly racist party thrown by Queen's students happened and the photos made me feel sick to my stomach."
Vice reported on the event, writing, "According to a Queen's graduate who is aware of a previous iteration of the party in 2011, students paid about $75 to attend and were put into different 'race' teams to win prizes." Vice was not able to confirm if the pricing remained the same this year.
Vice added in its report: "According to the graduate, participants were encouraged to paint their skin for believability in previous years. The party was considered an 'it' party and hosting it is a tradition that she claims gets passed down to new students."
The principal of the school, Daniel Woolf, responded to the tweets, seemingly unaware of the event's traditional place at the school. Students, however, were quick to disabuse Woolf of any question about the event's history.
One student reported to Vice, "This isn't an isolated event at Queen's. All these things are brewing and adding up and it's pretty frustrating and it's pretty disappointing to see from the student body here." She was not alone in her concerns and disappointment, as many commented that they expected as much from the school.
@celestrogen No amount of racism is shocking at Queens honestly— Lightning (@TheodoreYan) November 22, 2016
@celestrogen Girl - wish I should say I'm shocked. But I'm not. This is Canada. As a Black woman born here I know this country is racist AF.— Auntie Willy (@WilhSlater) November 22, 2016
@celestrogen However, this is the historical and contemporary culture at Queen's. It's despicable.— em (@emilyaosborne) November 22, 2016
@celestrogen it's Queens. I have very low expectations.— Ujwal Arkalgud (@interpretivist) November 22, 2016
The school's Alma Mater Society released a statement on Tuesday condemning the behavior of the students.
"We believe this was wrong, and actions like these make students feel uncomfortable and unwelcome on our campus," the statement read.
"We see this as an educational opportunity for us to engage all students in a discussion about race and racism at Queen’s. Over the coming days, we will be engaging with the University, faculty society leaders, and diverse groups on campus. Our goal is to find an appropriate forum for this conversation to take place."
In the statement, Vice-President (University Affairs), Carolyn Thompson, also agreed that these actions hinder the university's goal of fostering "a welcoming and respectful campus environment."
"We need to have an open and productive dialogue about race and racism on campus," Thompson added.
Hopefully Queen's University faculty and students will come together to put an end to this shameful school tradition.
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