( 4UMF NEWS ) College Student Expelled For Blackface Cosby Costume:
Annual reminder: Do not dress in blackface for Halloween. Or as Bill Cosby.
A white University of Central Arkansas student has been expelled — and his fraternity chapter is now suspended — after he posted a photo on Instagram showing himself in blackface, apparently portraying Cosby.
The student, sophomore Brock Denton, said online he is “scared for my life” after facing death threats for the controversial costume.
Denton privately posted a photo on his Instagram page last week showing him in blackface and a Cosby-style sweater, standing with two other white men.
He wrote with the photo, “It was a bold night.”
Denton’s frat, Sigma Tau Gamma, held its Halloween party on Friday, according to The Echo student newspaper.
The school immediately cracked down, expelling Denton and suspending the campus’ Sigma Tau Gamma chapter, pending an investigation into the post.
“This picture is highly offensive and repugnant, and this representation goes against all we, at UCA believe in and stand for,” university President Tom Courtway said in a statement.
The national Sigma Tau Gamma organization said it “condemns” the blackface photo and will also expel Denton. After his expulsion, Denton begged for forgiveness in a lengthy Instagram post filled with syntax errors.
“I have been sent death threats, threats to burn my house down. I am scared for my life,” he wrote. “I am the farthest thing from discrimination (sic), as a matter of fact I fight for equality everyday, I’ve been writing a book for the past two years on what it really means to be a good person.”
He also blamed social media for creating a “corrupted society in regard to heated controversial topics such as this.”
“Please except my apology not because of me but because of the sake of this great nation (sic),” Denton wrote.
Denton has since deleted his Instagram page. He did not immediately respond to a Facebook message from the Daily News.