MIAMI - Some alumni at a private Catholic school in Miami are complaining about a class photo that included a fourth-grader who painted his face black to portray former Secretary of State Colin Powell during a Black History Month celebration.
The Miami Herald reported that St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School shared the photo on Facebook and Twitter, and then removed it, after students dressed up as famous African-Americans and gave presentations about their accomplishments.
Carolina Bacallao, an alumnus of the school, told the Herald that the child should have been asked to wash his face, and the school missed an opportunity to teach students why blackface is offensive.
Archdiocese of Miami spokeswoman Mary Ross Agosta said the student never intended "to do anything other than be authentic in his presentation of the person he selected to research and imitate."
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