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ACLU of Mass: We're Still Waiting to Hear Why 'Too White' Afrobeat Band Was Canceled at Hampshire - FIRE
Hampshire College in western Massachusetts raised eyebrows this Halloween when it canceled a campus performance by an Afrobeat band, Shokazoba, after students complained that the band was engaged in hurtful “cultural appropriation” because its members were insufficiently dark-skinned. It so pained me to have to read stories like that in 2013 that I took to the pages of The Boston Herald to draw attention to this nigh-unbelievable situation. Thankfully, FIRE is not the only organization that was concerned about making comfort (in this case, to the extent that it creates de facto racial requirements) a necessity for engaging in expression on Hampshire’s campus. Fred Contrada of Springfield, …