African American students on the University of California, Irvine campus continued to express anger about a video released by an Asian American fraternity of one of its members in blackface, reports ABC News.
The fraternity, Lambda Theta Delta, has apologized for the video and removed it from You Tube.
“I feel personally offended at that act whether it was for ignorance, whether they just didn’t know about it, I feel like that’s not an excuse,” Ayana Baines, member of UC Irvine’s Black Student Union told ABC News affiliate KABC-TV.
Some students say the fraternity knew before hand the video would be offensive, pointing out the group prefaced the video with a disclaimer that no racism was intended.
Lambda president said the blackface was meant to distinguish the character playing Jay-Z from the other performers.
“Lambda Theta Delta sincerely apologizes for the extremely racist content of the ‘Suit and Tie’ video. The use of black face in the video is incredibly offensive as well as insensitive. This behavior is simply unacceptable and the individuals responsible for the video have already been reprimanded.”
Campus administrators say they are investigating the incident.