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Saturday, November 23, 2002

Way Down South

The Washington Post has a story about a "blackface" incident at the University of Virginia.

The U-Va. incident seemed likely to stoke an ongoing debate about how well black students have been integrated into extracurricular life on campus. About 400 African American students protested outside the Cavalier Daily offices last month after an opinion piece criticized the rhetoric of a predominantly black student organization.

Here is a description of the campus protest. The protest was triggered by this editorial in the campus "Daily Cavalier". The editorial referred to the Griot Society website, which seems to have been subsequently modified.

Sometimes the backstory is even more interesting than the headline-grabber.

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