Cal Poly fraternity member’s blackface makeup sparks controversy

April 9, 2018

A Cal Poly fraternity is under university investigation and faced with community outrage after one of its members appeared in blackface at a brotherhood event over the weekend. A photo of the individual was later circulated online. [Cal Coast Times]

On Saturday, the Cal Poly chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha held a brotherhood event at its fraternity house. Following the event, the photo circulated on Facebook showing Lambda Chi Alpha member and agricultural business senior, Kyler Watkins, in blackface.

“This event was a competition between teams in which each team was represented by a different color (i.e. Red, Blue, Green, Black, Yellow),” the fraternity said in a statement.

“Similar to high school spirit rallies and collegiate student sections, members dressed up in support of their specific team. We are extremely sorry and embarrassed for failing to recognize the racial impacts this brought forth.”

Cal Poly spokesman Matt Lazier released a statement saying the university finds the incident deplorable and has launched an investigation.

“The university finds deplorable any acts that would seek to hurt, offend, intimidate or frighten any member of our campus community. The university is aware of the posting and is investigating the matter at this time,” Lazier said in the statement.

Lambda Chi Alpha’s brotherhood event occurred in the middle of Cal Poly’s Poly Cultural Weekend, which prompted additional criticism from community members about the blackface incident.

Jorge Estrada

Stupidity is sometimes without explanation and contagious.


Come on California, when are you going to ban and criminalize black face paint?


Sam O says, ” I am racist.”


CentralCoaster, DocT, The Identarian, copperhead fail to see the obvious. If one paints his face black and poses with his friends who are dressed in gang attire and flashing gang signs, then what message are they conveying? Smart enough to get into Cal Poly then they should be intelligent enough realize just how offensive their acts are. Gosh, the lights are dim. Go ahead and dislike this.


What message is being conveyed by dressing up? I don’t know…..but the media is definitely telling us that the message was one of racism. OK….let’s assume they’re telling the truth and aren’t pushing an agenda this time……

Can speech that offends someone still be allowed? Is offensive speaking or writing, or taking of photographs still considered “free” speech? YES!

Or, does it depend on which group is offended and what sort of political clout said group possesses? Well, yes it does, although it should not.

If wear a wig and dress up like Hillary Clinton, I’m going to offend someone….should I be prevented from doing so? No.

If I wear a Trump wig and hat someone is going to be offended. Should we ban the wearing of hats and wigs? No!

What if I believe that some people are going to hell unless I warn them about their lifestyle? Should I be prevented from writing “gospel” pamphlets and giving them out to people who are willing to accept them? Should I be prevented from carrying a sign or buying advertising in a local publication in order to promulgate my religious views? No!

What if I think capitalism is the root of all evil in the world and I dedicate my life to promoting Marxism? Should I be prevented from speaking out on my convictions? Should I be banned from renting public space in order to hold a pro-communist rally? No!

All of those actions I’ve just mentioned are offensive to someone, or some group. The same could be said of the stupid stuff fraternities do. I’m offended by their alcoholism and promiscuity! Should fraternity members be banned from buying alcohol and having consensual sex?

For exactly the same reasons, they should not be punished for painting their faces red, black, yellow or white. Poor taste? Yup. Offensive? Yup. Stupid? Indeed. But they have as much right to engage in that sort of offensive speech as a hip-hop artist has when talking about women, or white people.

Back in the olden days, before people went crazy and could still think a bit on their own….back before people took their emotional and intellectual ques from media there was an old saying:

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.

Now, I suppose everything hurts us? We’re always injured or victimized by someone, or something, aren’t we?

This is madness and it is destroying us.


The real problem is that modern universities are the vanguards of Cultural Marxism. If I had my way, they wouldn’t get one dime of federal taxpayer funding because leftist faculties are actively brainwashing students to foment a communist revolution bit by bit. The cult of victimization is only the tip of the iceberg. Your tax dollars at work!