University of Oregon Professor Who Wore Blackface Returns to Work

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A University of Oregon law professor who wore blackface to a Halloween party in 2016 has returned to campus after a sabbatical.

University spokesman Tobin Klinger confirmed to The Register-Guard newspaper that Nancy Shurtz is back at work.

Shurtz wore a white coat, stethoscope and black face paint to portray Dr. Damon Tweedy, a black psychiatrist who wrote a best-selling memoir about his experiences with racism in medical school and in his profession.

Shurtz said she was trying to provoke discussion about racism in society – not cause distress.

But a university investigation found the incident created an atmosphere of tension and hostility at the law school.

Information from: The Register-Guard,


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