While black students at the University of Louisville debate the underappreciated African-American legacy, Princeton University's student government has been dealing with its own racial sensitivity snafu, ever since pictures of a presidential candidate in what appeared to be blackface during Halloween surfaced, the Princetonian reports. According to captions on the photos, the costume of the candidate in question was supposedly "a shadow/rick james," while his friends went as Malcolm X, Nat Turner, and Rosa Parks. Because the group was unable to purchase blue paint, they instead "donned the black face paint to become the black man group, as a tribute to the lost blue man group idea."
Yet after an open forum and profuse apologies for the poor taste, insensitivity, and sad attempt at humor, the tearful candidate earned the endorsement of the Black Student Union anyway.
Lessons to be learned: All's well that ends well, apologies work, and to be safe, just buy the stupid pink paint.