Mississippi Sorority Sisters Placed on Probation After Dressing in Blackface

Six students used blackface to dress as the characters from The Cosby Show. Yes, this is in 2011.

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Hey, college students: Just so you know, blackface hasn’t been “in” for a while.

But that didn’t stop a few members from the Phi Mu sorority at the University of Southern Mississippi from doing it. The six students, who since have been placed on probation, were attending a 1980s-themed party as the Huxtables from The Cosby Show. (Okay, even NewsFeed must admit Bill Cosby is pretty cool, but seriously?)

The girls have not been identified by the university. But University of Southern Mississippi’s Dean of Students Eddie Holloway did mention “…it is clear that these women had no ill intent, it was also clear that they had little cultural awareness or competency, and did not understand the historical implication of costuming in blackface.” Next time, girls, let’s take this thought process one step further, okay?

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