— Dave Baker (@dherbaker) November 3, 2016
Nancy Shurtz, law professor at the University of Oregon, has been placed on administrative leave after wearing blackface last Monday at a Halloween party.
Shurtz’s colleagues don’t think that is enough and in an open letter have requested her to resign. “Your actions implicate all of us and our community.
“If you care about our students, you will resign. If you care about our ability to educate future lawyers, you will resign. If you care about our alumni, you will resign,” the letter signed by 23 law faculty members reads.
In addition to the letter, an online petition has also been created, and has received over 800 signatures.
“By donning blackface she demonstrated that she is either too racist to keep her teaching job or is too foolish to keep her teaching job,” Alum Pete Howard wrote.
Shurtz, who’s been with the university for 34 years, hasn’t given a reason behind her costume, but she’s more than likely regretting it right about now. Shurtz’s costume was supposed to be Damon Tweedy, author of the 2016 book “Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine.”