- The Washington Times - Monday, October 31, 2016

A University of Central Arkansas student has been expelled from his fraternity after he posed for a photo wearing blackface as part of a Bill Cosby Halloween costume.

Sophomore Brock Denton, who is white, painted his face and hands black and donned a colorful sweater in a photo posted on his private Instagram account Friday night, accompanied by the caption, “It was a bold night,” UCA’s student newspaper The Echo reported.

The photo, taken at a party for Sigma Tau Gamma, went viral and calls mounted for the fraternity to take action against Mr. Denton.

The student deleted the Instagram post and apologized over the weekend, claiming that he didn’t know what blackface was.

“I can honestly say I’ve never heard of black face before until today,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “Believe me or don’t but at this point all I can do is be truthful.”

The national chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma said in a statement Saturday that it had suspended the UCA chapter and expelled Mr. Denton from the fraternity. The statement said the fraternity would remain suspended until “a full investigation can be conducted.”

UCA President Tom Courtway said in a written statement posted on Twitter that the “highly offensive and repugnant” photo would be “dealt with accordingly.”

Mr. Denton said he has been the target of death threats since the photo gained widespread attention. The university’s police department is reportedly investigating the alleged threats.

“I have been sent death threats, threats to burn my house down. I am scared for my life,” the student wrote.

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