OU students express anger over blackface incident

Kyle Phillips / The Transcript

Jamelia Reed, BERT co-director, speaks during the OU Black Emergency Response Team press conference Wednesday to address an incident of blackface early this year.

The University of Oklahoma’s Black Emergency Response Team shared a video from an OU student Monday that shows a group of women singing racial slurs, the OU Daily reported.

The video, recorded from an OU student's Snapchat and shared with The Daily over the weekend, shows multiple women singing along to rapper Saweetie’s “My Type." The popular song includes the lyrics "Rich n----, eight-figure, that's my type, that's my type, n---- that's my type."

The Daily reported that it has not confirmed the identities of the women shown in the video.

The Black Emergency Response Team, established in spring 2019 after a racist incident involving OU students, shared the video on Twitter Monday along with a thread of tweets explaining why non-Black people cannot use the slur involved.

"Even if you’re singing a song with the word in it,” the first tweet reads. "No passes. We don’t make the rules.”

The video marks the second public incident of racism at OU this semester, the first involving a student’s use of blackface. Students created BERT in January in the aftermath of two blackface incidents involving students or on campus, and responded to multiple other racist incidents throughout the spring semester.

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