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(Photo credit: screenshot from Lisa Stillman’s Facebook)

When will people learn that dressing in blackface is not a joke?

A white professor at Purdue University has not been fired, after posting a photo of herself and a friend in blackface.

Lisa Stillman, a professor in the biology department, posted the photo to her Facebook page in 2016. In the photo Stillman and a friend wore black makeup, wigs with bones in their hair and what looked like a pregnant belly.  As if posting the offensive photo wasn’t bad enough, she also made it her profile picture.

In the comments, the pair laughed and reminisced about how much “fun” they had in those days. Smith commented and said, “Haha! We would be sooooooo NOT politically correct these days!!” while Stillman replied, “Nobody knew who we were!” and added, “as long as we didn’t smile.”

A Purdue student reported the photo on November 10, 2017. Less than a month later, the student was told the investigation was “completed” and “appropriate action has been taken,” reports  NewsOne. “Instead of firing Lisa Stillman, the Purdue administration covered it up and told her to simply delete the photo,” the student said.

Purdue University sent the following statement after a call from NewsOne:

Purdue received an anonymous “hotline” complaint in November 2017 citing two grievances: one about the way an instructor had reprimanded students to enforce lab protocols, and another about a 2016 Facebook post of a 1974 photo showing the same instructor (then age 12) in a ‘blackface’ Halloween costume,” an email from Purdue News Service said. “The university promptly reviewed these complaints, concluding that the instructor had handled the lab incident in a wholly appropriate manner, and that her personal social media post of an old photo was not harassment under Purdue policy. In any event, what we can say firmly is that, at Purdue, we do not punish speech, particularly when off-campus speech is expressed by an employee speaking as a private citizen.

Who knew that posting a racist photo was protected under “freedom of speech?”

Ironically, the university has a section of it’s homepage dedicated to diversity. It states that they strive to “Increase and retain the number of historically underrepresented and diverse students, faculty and staff at Purdue” and “create and sustain a welcoming campus where all students can excel.” Black students only make up only 3% of the population, according to statistics. The facility is 81.3% white and 2.9% black.

Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident. Purdue, like many other white institutions, has a long history of racism. According to the FBI, the number of hate crimes reported by the university was the second highest for any university in the country in 2013, reports the Indianapolis Recorder.

A Change.org petition demands that Stillman be fired.

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10 thoughts on “Professor Pictured Wearing Blackface; Purdue Doesn’t Punish ‘Free Speech’

  1. tedgravely on said:

    I’ve evolved on this issue. If free speech is free speech, then don’t get mad when folks exercise it the other way. My kids wouldn’t take her class and would verbally call her a racist and clown. Remember this is free speech. I think we should not give this mess our energy. Let that racist be racist and check her ugly behind when you can.

      • Eagleye on said:

        Hey boy, you need to calm down. You keep this up, you’re going to be sharing a padded room, with that orange turd you call a president!

      • Eagleye on said:

        Hey FOOL, no one is torturing you to frequently visit this website. I don’t know about others that do, but I don’t troll trashy redneck websites, because y’all aren’t worth a second of my precious time. You’re a pretty dumb prick, you know that, don’t you?

    • of course your “kids” wouldn’t take her class. They would only take classes from Black supremacists like Sharpton or Farracoon. Huge anti-white chip on your shoulders gravely. I know our type devil!

  2. Kipsog on said:

    This [trump presidency] is all a ‘teaching moment’. You see-by putting HIM at 1600 Pennsylvania
    Ave-we NOW SEE the REAL CHARACTER of people. Remember the fellow that said “judge them by their character” well sometimes it takes a moment to really find out.Now ya know-don’t be fooled by their smiles when things change! AND THEY WILL!

  3. Justbeingme on said:

    White privilege because if it had been a black professor or teacher who made a racial comment or did something offensive towards a white person they would have been fired right away. Trump is giving white people the right to say and do whatever they want towards people of color and get away with it. If they don’t set an example now then a lot more of them will think it’s ok to say and do what they want. It doesn’t matter if it’s 1 percent or 100 percent every student should be respected. Black people fought for the right to go to schools and colleges to get and education it doesn’t matter what school you attend. They should all be treated equally.

  4. americanize on said:

    Well the 2% of black students at this white university knows that lisa stillman is a white supremacist.

  5. African American Woman on said:

    As bad as that picture is; if Perdue takes a hands off approach to what their employees do outside of work, then that’s their policy…just don’t spend your money there.

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