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Mission Mississippi discusses black face college party

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By Marsha Thompson - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - WLBT News reported on a black face social event held by some students at the private, Christian college, Mississippi College, in Clinton.

Our story prompted a landslide of responses. Tuesday we went to the Christian organization, Mission Mississippi, to get their thoughts on the controversial matter.

Mission Mississippi's goal is to encourage racial unity across denominational lines. We wanted their take on this hot topic and how it works into their efforts to instill racial harmony in our state.

"We believe people don't know each other well enough to contend with issues like you are talking about,"  replied President Neddie Winters. 

Those issues generated 66 comments on our web page. Many from MC students who say we got it all wrong and disparaged their school.

They said the picture of two women with black paint on their faces was taken at a Michael Jackson theme party with white and black students in attendance, not a black face party. Winters viewed our report and multiple emails and had this reply: "When I saw it on the news, I thought that's interesting, not from the standpoint that you showed it but from the response from the people that said you ought to not show it and felt  there was nothing to it."

We followed the story after receiving letter from the mother of a student. She expressed her outrage at the racial insensitivity of the off-campus event. And threatened to pull her son from the school. University officials promised an investigation since one of their student administrators chaperoned the event.  They told us they are going to take appropriate action.

Winters says Mission Mississippi is not in the business to condemn or condone actions, only to change attitudes and perspectives of Christians when it comes to racially charged matters.

"I would love see the group at the party and the group that has concerns about the party sit down in the room and facilitate a discussion about it. Let's talk about it, so what is wrong with black face?" said Winters.

Mississippi College administrators said the party should have never taken place and they will use it as a lesson in sensitivity when classes resume in January.

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