Blackface photo triggers backlash

HOUSTON, Texas (KPRC) – A picture of a white Prairie View A&M student with her face wrapped in black tape has drawn ire nationwide, prompting school administrators to address the issue Thursday.

A spokesman for Prairie A&M confirmed that the woman in the picture is currently enrolled as a freshman at the university and is a member of the soccer team.

The picture, which the student posted to social media, shows her face covered with black tape, with the caption, “When you’re tryna fit in at your HBCU.” HBCU is an acronym for Historically Black College and University.

The picture has since gone viral, with calls, by some, for the student’s expulsion.

In a statement, Prairie View A&M President George C. Wright acknowledged the picture and the backlash it’s received, writing, in part, “we have a duty to educate our community to always try to act in a responsible manner and recognize that speech does have consequences.”