Halloween

University of Oregon censures white professor for wearing blackface to Halloween party

University of Oregon censures white professor for wearing blackface to Halloween party

A University of Oregon law professor and former chair of her department’s diversity committee violated university anti-racial-harassment policies by wearing blackface at her Halloween party, an investigation has found.

The professor, Nancy Shurtz, a white woman, claimed she was portraying one of her favorite authors, a black man, and that she had been unfamiliar with the term “blackface.”

Shurtz fought back Thursday, claiming the university’s 29-page investigative report released this week was filled with errors and omissions in an attempt “to publicly shame me.” In a statement, she said she had hired an attorney and noted that the university is legally prohibited from...

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