Another day, another fraternity controversy.
This time involving Washington University in St. Louis’ Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter was suspended for an incident involving pledges who allegedly sang racial slurs to African-American students.
Via HuffPo reports:
Last night (February 26th), I was sitting at a table in Bear’s Den with about 10 other black people. We noticed a group of three or four white males stop in the main pathway and look toward our table. One of them walked toward us and stood behind our table while his friends took out their phones and took pictures. One of them yelled out “Got it!” and he returned to the group. Mind you, we can clearly see what they are doing because the table is round, so at least half of the people were making direct eye contact with the picture takers. One of the girls sitting at the table yelled out to them, “Did you need us to pose?” All of the boys ignored her and walked away. Stunned, a few guys from the table followed them to the grill and asked if they had taken a picture of us. They claimed to be taking a picture of something behind us (which only happened to be a black worker and a large window) for a scavenger hunt, to which a freshman sarcastically replied “Oh, we’re pretty photogenic, just ask us next time.”
About 30-45 minutes later, the group of white males came back (there were more of them this time) and stood next to two booths that black people were sitting in. Some of the same black people who were present for the picture earlier in the night. One guy began to recite the lyrics to a rap song (Bitches Ain’t Shit by Dr. Dre) as if it were a slam poem. He was reading the lyrics from his phone. The majority of the group of guys he was with found it funny and some were laughing. One member of the group was videoing the event on his phone. The guys in the group asked the black people in the booth to “show some respect” for the performance. As [redacted] continued to recite the lyrics, he came across the word “n**ga” and said it with no hesitation. One of the black students tossed an empty bottle at him in anger only to be told by the group that it was part of the song, so it was okay. The black student replied that it was still offensive and the group apologized half-heartedly. One member of the group suggested that they shut down the show early.
The following thread was posted on Washington University’s Class of 2015 public Facebook group: