What do you think…should this video be censored?
Is it racist, or just kids playing in the mud? Eyebrows are raising over a Facebook video reenacting the stomping incident in Jena, La. The footage shows three University of Louisiana at Monroe students in blackface, playfully acting out the racially motivated assault on a fourth white student. In the background others can be heard yelling out racial epithets.
Shot on the banks of the Ouachita River, the minute-long video was posted on the Facebook page of Kristy Smith, though her page has since been made private and footage pulled after she received a number of complaints. However, The Smoking Gun has obtained a copy of the video as well as a number of photos of the white students covered in mud and showing the number “6” with their fingers.
While Smith is quoted saying “I’m not racist,” but things “got a lil out of hand,” the video was posted days later and is entitled “The Jena 6 on the River,” fueling speculation that it was not inspired just by inebriated spontaneity. On the other hand, since student film has long been a medium for controversial commentary, should Smith’s film be censored?