Montreal Biz School Sorry for Blackface Rally

HEC says French-speaking students weren't aware of controversy
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 20, 2011 4:57 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Montreal business school has apologized after its students were spotted in blackface. As part of a freshmen event, the students dressed as Jamaican athletes as they reportedly chanted, “Smoke more weed.” A passing student from another school saw the event and caught it on video; it made headlines across Canada, the Toronto Sun reports. “We express regret and we apologize,” says a rep for the HEC business school. “The students ... are so sad and they apologized to everyone.”

At least one version of the clip has now been removed from YouTube under hate speech rules. The school says its French-speaking students weren’t familiar with the history of blackface among English-speaking North Americans. Now, the institution is planning a new program to promote racial understanding. “We want to plan something that will be durable that we can refer to year after year,” says the rep.

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