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October 17, 2012

Waverly High School: Why White Students Parodying Domestic Violence in Blackface is Problematic



With the encouragement of faculty and the Waverly community, three students at the predominantly White Waverly High School in upstate New York, decided it’d be a great idea to don Blackface and parody Chris Brown’s infamous 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna as a homecoming pep rally skit. The re-enactment was apparently one of a series of pop-culture parodies performed at the high school as part of their annual “Mr. Waverly” competition, where male students jockey to get the loudest cheers from their peers. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the mere idea of mocking domestic violence while wearing Blackface is unfathomable on many levels and so should have signaled red flags for pep rally coordinators and faculty advisors.

The school’s misstep, understandably, incited folks to chorus when a picture of the skit, which was originally posted as an unfiltered iReport on CNN’s website by Waverly High alumnus Matthew Dishler on Monday, went viral across various social media and blogging platforms and catapulted the school into the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons.