A statement says the students posted selfies on Snapchat wearing masks with captions mentioning blackface.
The statement calls the behavior hurtful and extremely offensive to the black community and its allies. The campus has scheduled support sessions.
Full statement here:
Dear Geneseo community,
By now, you may be aware that two students posted themselves on social media wearing cosmetic facial masks with a caption referencing blackface. This behavior is hurtful and extremely offensive to the Black community and their allies. The history of blackface is rooted in racism and the degradation of Black individuals, which all further perpetuate harmful stereotypes about the Black community.
It is completely understandable why many members of the Black student population here at Geneseo are upset and feel targeted. Seeing members of the Geneseo community take part in actions that are historically rooted in the dehumanization of Black people is uncomfortable and scary for many. This is especially true in a place that you've come to find yourself and be accepted for who you are.
We want to let you know that we are here to support you during this time. All members of the College community are welcome to participate in the following drop-in hours:
• Thursday 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. @ Sturges 208, the REACH Center
• Friday 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. @ Sturges 208, the REACH Center