by Paula Neal Mooney
ThePhink.com has broken a crazy and sad story that other news organizations are picking up on now too: Clemson University's MLK Day Party -- a "theme" party held by a few students.
While some thoughtful Clemson University students were no doubt reflecting on the uplifting speeches of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the most-recent holiday weekend celebrating his life, select students at Clemson University were allegedly throwing an MLK Day Party in his honor...or, dishonor.
Missing seemed to be reverence for the man and how far we as a nation have come with race relations at this Clemson MLK Day party.
In its place were allegedly some of the other things (like forty ounces of beer taped to hands) seen at earlier parties like this one: backsides stuffed with tissue to emulate the ample behinds of black women, gold grills on teeth and not just a man in black face, but in black body!
"It couldn't have been that bad," said one student interviewed on the radio today after being shown the pictures of the Clemson MLK Day Party. "There are black people there, too."
"That's a white guy in black face," said the reporter.
"Oh..." he answered.
Some Clemson students found the pics appalling, others didn't believe they were true, while others defended the Clemson MLK Day Party, likening it to any other "theme" party, like those given for lingerie.
This is scary. But thank God a black student did show up in business attire, to show the folks who saw nothing wrong with this Clemson MLK Day Party that it's not very loving to paint an entire race with one broad and mean-spirited stroke.
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