Is This Racist?

Black students at the University of Memphis hanged from a tree a piñata made to look like a white woman, and took turns beating it with a stick. A photo of the incident has been making the rounds on the internet, and the university had to issue a statement about it this week.

Click here to see the photo.

Was it a racist act? No, turns out it wasn’t intended that way at all. Just some kids having fun at a party.

But imagine if the racial dynamics had been reversed — white students beating a black piñata hanging from a tree. I think we can all be grateful that wasn’t the case.

Sometimes a piñata is just a piñata.

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