UCA yearbooks pulled to correct captions viewed as racially offensive | Arkansas Blog

Friday, April 22, 2016

UCA yearbooks pulled to correct captions viewed as racially offensive

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 5:04 PM

CAUSE OF CONTROVERSY: This photo in UCA Scroll yearbook.
  • CAUSE OF CONTROVERSY: This photo in UCA Scroll yearbook.

The president of the University of Central ArkansasTom Courtway has issued a statement of criticism, the yearbook staff has apologized and the UCA yearbook, The Scroll, will be redistributed with a couple of photo captions gone, the Log Cabin Democrat reports.

The controversy blew up on social media after the yearbooks were distributed. Unhappiness arose over photos taken at the UCA Step Show, a dance show featuring black fraternities. One photo used the term "thug" to describe the facial expressesion adopted by performers in one act. A photo of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity dancers holding a sign that said “Black Lives Matter,” had a caption that read: “Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.’s performance spoke a message to the audience that ALL LIVES MATTER.”

Typical comment on Facebook:

The UCA yearbook disrespected NPHC and the black community as a whole.
Courtway's statement said:

Today The Scroll was released. This is the UCA student yearbook and while it is produced, and paid for, by the students of this university, like other publications it is a reflection on this institution. The public oftentimes does not know the difference. The words we use matter. In my opinion, there are two captions in The Scroll that I find offensive and inappropriate as they relate to our African-American students and friends. Offensive, inappropriate or derogatory terms against a race, group or an individual are not acceptable.
A spokesman said it had not ordered the action on the yearbooks. This was the decision of the yearbook staff.

Some 2,200 yearbooks were printed. An unknown number was distributed. Others won't be distributed but will be replaced by new books without the objectionable material.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders becomes White House press secretary

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, is the new White House press secretary.
    • Jul 21, 2017
  • Another Republican miracle-working governor

    Great piece in Washington Post on the budget crisis in Louisiana. Big tax cuts and corporate welfare will do that to a state, particularly to a state whose previous governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, refused to join the Obamacare-funded Medicaid expansion. There's a lesson there for Arkansas.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation