PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — Racial tensions are running high at Prairie View A&M, at least over this controversial social media post last week showing a white student wearing black duct tape to create a 'blackface.'
The student has since gone back home to California-- according to one friend-- over safety concerns.
On Monday, the school held an open forum to help clear the air and allow students to sound off on the incident.
Student Government President Jacolahn Dudley announced, "Many of you are surprised, outraged, and hurt painfully by this ordeal."
"This event of present-day blackface on our campus has been a trying experience for all," Student Government Vice President Kay Robertson declared. "The demeaning history behind blackface and its negative portrayal of Black people is something that should not be embraced."
"We all do make mistakes, and some are worse than others," the student's soccer teammate remarked. "And clearly, hers was worse than most people's mistakes."
But some students just want to know what's going to happen to this student, especially since they claim this is not her first "incident."
"We have a student judiciary process...a discipline process," Dr. George C. Wright, Prairie View A&M University president, explained. "We have a process, and we want to allow that process to work."
At the end of the day, one student summed up the whole incident very simply: "I just feel that there's no excuse, ultimately."
"If we really do believe in Prairie View A&M University-- and we love this university as much as we say we do-- then we will trust that they will make the right decision," the soccer teammate suggested.
Right now, it seems that decision can't come quickly enough!