Sunday, January 29, 2017
UK: Must not mock blacks
Various people were mocked but mocking a black was what generated criticism
More than 30 university medical students were suspended for blacking up and wearing a large fake penis to impersonate their black American lecturer, it was revealed today.
South Wales Police were called in to investigate the charity production for racial hatred and 32 students were suspended from their medical course.
An independent report commissioned by the university has hit out at the play performed last year and also revealed complaints of racism, sexism and lack of diversity in the School of Medicine.
Dr Allen, 46, said he was left 'worried' at his portrayal in the play - and said the university could have supported him better.
The report said: 'There were three performances of the revue in February 2016 in which a medical school staff member was portrayed as a stereotypical, hyper-sexualised black man, wearing an oversized dildo.
'Other lecturers too were made fun of. There were racist, sexist and homophobic jokes and stereotype references.
'The script of the show was not seen or approved by anyone in authority at the university, nor by the Student Union.'
Police were called in to investigate but decided that no further action would be taken. Two students involved in the blacking up admitted a lack of sensitivity.
The report revealed two students who complained about the play had decided to leave and transfer to other medical schools.
Some students described social life at Cardiff's School of Medicine as 'segregated' and said black students were separate from other non-white groups.
It said local doctors and the NHS play a role in perpetuating a 'rugby culture' among students in the medical school.
Recommendations include giving all university staff regular training in diversity including race, gender and sexual orientation and actively discouraging offensive stereotyping of any person or group.