OU student says she tweeted blackface video to make ‘stand’

January 24, 2019
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University of Oklahoma President James Gallogly, right, listens as students speak during a Rally to Stop Racism, hosted by the Black Student Association, on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. The rally was in response to a video that surfaced on social media of an OU student in blackface. (Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP)

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A University of Oklahoma student says she tweeted a video of a man walking near campus wearing blackface to make a difference.

OU student Ashonte Winston tells KWTV the man’s actions are ignorant and that she shared her video “to stand for something.”

Several videos were posted to social media Wednesday showing a man with black paint on his face around Norman. Campus police are investigating.

But Oklahoma State University journalism professor Joey Senat says the speech is likely protected by the First Amendment.

The incident comes less than a week after two students withdrew from OU and apologized after a video showed one of the women wearing blackface and using a racial slur.

OU President James Gallogly attended an anti-racism rally Tuesday and vowed to take action targeting racism on campus.

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