The photograph was only online briefly, but that was long enough to spur a minor controversy. The image featured members of Duke’s women’s lacrosse team dressed up as the Little Rascals for Halloween — and Duke junior/Ellicott City native/McDonogh grad Taylor Virden is in blackface.
The university issued a statement admitting that some of this year’s costumes were “insensitive and entirely inappropriate” and that “no offense was intended.” The women’s lacrosse program went on to apologize without mentioning Virden by name. (The photo was first publicized by sports blog Deadspin.)
Although any news of Duke lacrosse players doing something controversy is an excuse for plenty of eye-rolling by the team’s many detractors, it seems as though this particular scandal doesn’t really have legs. (Although it’s hard not to wonder if the outrage would’ve been more pronounced if the blackface-wearer was a member of the men’s, and not the women’s lacrosse team.) If any remaining college students still haven’t received the message, hopefully this will get it through their heads that wearing blackface is never cool.
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