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Photos Featuring Students in Blackface Found in Old University of Maryland Yearbooks

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Old University of Maryland (UMD) yearbook photos featuring students wearing Blackface have surfaced just days after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring admitted to wearing blackface in college.

The UMD photos were first discovered by a Twitter user who said it took her about five minutes to find them, according to Fox 5 DC.

UMD yearbook archives, from years including 1960, 1965 and 1970 are all publicly available online.

University of Maryland president Dr. Wallace Loh recently responded to the photos, calling them hurtful and distressing.

“Traditions like this reflect a history of racial prejudice and do not convey what we seek to embody today,” Loh added.

UMD’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion also responded to the photos, tweeting that images of this sort reflect a history of racial prejudice. The office also published links to  documentary and an article about where the racial stereotypes originated.

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