Federal Govt.: Julie Myers Offers Another Apology for Employee’s Blackface Costume

According to the Associated Press (link), Assistant Secretary Julie Myers offered another apology for an employee’s blackface costume in a letter to Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) (link).

I am not sure that Myers’s apology is real. I find it unacceptable. Here it is (link):

The employee wore dreadlocks, dark makeup and prison stripes. Myers and two other managers awarded him “most original costume” and Myers posed for a photo with him.

“Although I was not aware at the time of the contest that the employee disguised his skin color, I believe that it was inappropriate for me to recognize any individual wearing an escaped prisoner costume,” Myers said.

Myers apologizes for the prisoner costume but denies the fact that she know that the employee was wearing dark makeup (I am sure that a check of the employee’s building pass photograph would have made this clear). It appears other people did know about the employee’s dark makeup, as Myers received complaints (link).

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