Every year, besides egregious amounts of candy, Halloween also means a proliferation of ingrates who didn’t get the memo that blackface costumes are never acceptable—or who just choose to ignore it. One white Arkansas fraternity brother who thought going as Bill Cosby by darkening his skin and throwing on a sweater was suspended from his frat and expelled from school.
Reports the New York Daily News:
A white University of Central Arkansas student has been expelled — and his fraternity chapter is now suspended — after he posted a photo on Instagram showing himself in blackface, apparently portraying Cosby.
The student, sophomore Brock Denton, said online he is “scared for my life” after facing death threats for the controversial costume.
Denton privately posted a photo on his Instagram page last week showing him in blackface and a Cosby-style sweater, standing with two other white men.
He wrote with the photo, “It was a bold night.”
Denton’s frat, Sigma Tau Gamma, held its Halloween party on Friday, according to The Echo student newspaper.
The school immediately cracked down, expelling Denton and suspending the campus’ Sigma Tau Gamma chapter, pending an investigation into the post.
The frat said Denton will eventually be expelled from the organization. Denton took to Instagram to apologize and blame social media for his struggle.
“I have been sent death threats, threats to burn my house down. I am scared for my life,” he wrote.
“I am the farthest thing from discrimination (sic), as a matter of fact I fight for equality everyday, I’ve been writing a book for the past two years on what it really means to be a good person.”
He also blamed social media for creating a “corrupted society in regard to heated controversial topics such as this.”
“Please except my apology not because of me but because of the sake of this great nation (sic),” Denton wrote.
Good luck with that.