MONTREAL-Students at the elite Hautes Études Commerciales at the University Of Montreal dressed up in Blackface and Jamaican colors while using mock Jamaican accents in an Olympic themed event.
The students were used the Olympic theme to mock Olympic Champion Usain Bolt’s Jamaican heritage and skin color .
The Canada Star reports:
Anthony Morgan happened to be on the Université de Montréal’s campus Wednesday afternoon as the event was taking place at the school’s football stadium. He recorded the mock sprinters with his BlackBerry camera.
He said he found the display deeply offensive because of the troubling historical connotations of blackface.
“It is connected to a longer tradition of minstrel shows, reducing black people to pretty much jokes,” he said. “They’re put on as a spectacle, to almost look grotesque.”