Montreal Biz School Sorry for Blackface Rally

HEC says French-speaking students weren't aware of controversy
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
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.”

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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. (Read more blackface stories.)

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