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From the Star Tribune:

During the skit’s first several songs, the Bethel University senior stood with his back to the crowd. Then, for the final number, by rapper Lil Wayne, he turned around, exposing his face.

It was painted black.

The May 1 incident drew immediate criticism from minority students on the Arden Hills campus, apologies from the seniors in the skit and an investigation by university officials.

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“Here we are in 2010, and still a ton of people don’t realize why this might hurt people,” said Ruben Rivera, a history professor at Bethel who has been in “constant” conversations with concerned students. Blackface, he said, “is an expression of deliberate and unconscious racism in America.”

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