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September 30, 2016

Pa. college suspends students involved in offensive 'blackface,' twerking video

Two Albright College students, who participated in a racially charged video, have been suspended, school officials said Friday. One of the students appears in "blackface" while twerking.   

Videos and pictures of the Snapchats have been widely circulated online. They show a student wearing a red Albright shirt, her face covered in dark liquid or paint, saying "I'm Carlisha," and later, "Black lives matter now, OK?"

"As we continue to investigate the matter, we have learned that multiple students of multiple races were involved," said President Lex O. McMillan III in a statement. "We will continue to review the facts of the matter so that the most appropriate sanctions for those who took part can be determined."

The university was recently recognized as one of the most diverse schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Albright sits in the heart of Reading, Berks County, which is 26 percent White, about 9.5 percent African-American and about 60 percent Hispanic in 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The video, which some readers could find offensive and has been removed by many sources since it surfaced, can be viewed below:

In a statement released Thursday, university officials said that the girls involved came forward and "expressed deep remorse." The university said it condemns their behavior and that it "in no way represents the values of Albright."