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Black Students Beat Piñata Shaped Like White Woman
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A piñata shaped like a white woman was strung up to a tree at the University of Memphis, then African-American students took turns beating it with a stick.

Where is Al Sharpton when you need him? Isn’t this a shocking case of racism?

No, actually it isn’t. Turns out the students involved were mere grade school kids, brought on campus for a special “Luau” party sponsored by the university. The piñata was supposed to represent a hula dancer.

“We want to assure our community that no racial or gender animosity was intended,” said a university spokesperson.

At worst, this seems like a bad case of multicultural confusion. (Hawaiian luau + Mexican-style piñata = what cultural tradition exactly?)

Luckily, in this case, the racial dynamics were not reversed, with white students and a black piñata strung up to a tree. Imagine the controversy that would have generated.

Nevertheless, the university was compelled to explain itself when the picture started generating backlash after it was posted online.

It’s a sad thing when a few kids can’t swing at a piñata without unleashing an avalanche of racial grievances. But that’s the reality we live in.

Is this racist?












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Ben Parker is a College Fix/Student Free Press Association journalism fellow at The Weekly Standard for the summer of 2015. He is a student at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a degree in politics, philosophy and economics with a minor in Russian culture and history. In 2013 and 2014, he worked for Congressman Frank Wolf and Congresswoman Barbara Comstock. His work for The College Fix has been featured on Fox News, Instapundit and Red Alert Politics. He is a native of Great Falls, Virginia.

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