Baylor issues statement regarding blackface, 'racial stereotypes' found in yearbooks

Posted at 3:40 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 18:59:34-05

An examination of controversial content at Baylor University has yielded several results from previous yearbooks that included blackface and "repulsive" images.

The university said that in 2010, library staff began digitizing Round Up Yearbooks to be included in the Baylor University Digital Collections. The staff studied and scanned each page of the yearbooks since 1896. During this process, staff found photos of students in "blackface, racist stereotypes and repulsive illustrations."  

The university endorsed an approach that provided open access to the items. 

In a statement, President Livingstone said that "regardless of the time period, these offensive images are disturbing to us, and we denounce them today because we know and understand their context." 

As a Christian university called to love one another as Christ first loved us, we are remorseful they were ever published, and we unequivocally apologize for the pain these images have caused our students, faculty, staff, alumni and many others.

 All yearbooks can be found on the Digital Collections here

The KXXV news team did a quick search of the digital collection and found instances of blackface while browsing yearbooks in the 50s and 60s. 

The following are some of the pages where it can be found:

  • Year 1958, page 50
  • Year 1960, page 261
  • Year 1960, page 272
  • Year 1960, page 273

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