South Carolina college apologizes for blackface yearbook photos

University of South Carolina (Photo: MGN Online)

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — The University of South Carolina’s president is apologizing after pictures of white students wearing blackface were found in old yearbooks.

USC President Harris Pastides (Pas-TEE-Dees) said in a letter Tuesday that the photos were found in the Garnet and Black, which was the school’s yearbook from 1898 to 1994.

- Advertisement -

The letter said there are a number of “offensive photos” depicting white students in blackface and other “offensive content.”

Pastides says the school “denounces” the photos and mindset they represent.

He says the photos provide another opportunity to learn from “the demons of the past.”

The revelations come amid national criticism after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam admitted wearing blackface to a school dance in 1984.

Pastides says South Carolina wants to create an environment where everyone feels welcome and can thrive.

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)