Eugene, Ore. -- In 2017, University of Oregon Professor Nancy Shurtz wore blackface to her own Halloween party in an attempt to "start a conversation."
Shurtz took a short leave after the incident but has since returned to teaching, despite calls for her resignation.
Nearly two years later, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is fighting for his political life after facing a similar controversy involving blackface. Now, local leaders are speaking out about the incident, including Eric Richardson, president of the Eugene Springfield NAACP.
Richardson called it disappointing, saying that he believed society had moved beyond where instances of racism such as this were an issue.
A mom who not only grew up in Eugene, but has a family here, also spoke out and said that scenarios like these are horrifying not just as a mom, but as a citizen.
She said she hopes for a different future for her children where they can pursue their education in an environment that supports and encourages them.