In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., A Collection of Fraternity Doucherats Proudly Flaunt their Racism
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In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., A Collection of Fraternity Doucherats Proudly Flaunt their Racism

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | January 21, 2014 | Comments ()


It’s been awhile, so I don’t recall the exact details (and Google doesn’t go back that far), but in my college days at the University of Arkansas, I recall that one of the fraternities on campus was kicked off for hurling racial epithets at a passerby, who — it turned out — was a professor on campus, an ugly incident that reinforced a lot of the stereotypes about fraternities and the state of Arkansas. I’m sad to see that, this many years later, the same kind of racially inappropriate behavior is occurring in college frats, who will never be able to shed their stereotypes if Greek organizations — like the one at the University of Arizona — throw MLK parties in which the attendees wear basketball jerseys, flash gang signs, and drink out of watermelon cups.


Are you f**king kidding me with this? In 2014? Not just one isolated racist dipshit, but an entire collection of racist dipshits who saw fit to flaunt their racism, to have it photographed and posted to Instagram for all of their friends to see. The Instagram captions should just say, “Look! I’m a racist asshole! Tell all your friends! We are ignorant douchebags who chose this very occasion — one in which we honor our greatest civil rights leader — to take a huge sh*t on racial relations. Check us out, future employers!”

Fortunately, the fraternity was suspended for their actions. Hopefully, the students will be forced to work in the fast-food industry for the next two decades.

(via Jezebel)

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  • e jerry powell

    Different century, same shit.

    Back in the early nineties, I believe it was. I got to be really good friends with the VP of Student Affairs/Dean of Students because of ΠΚΑ/Fashion Board (not even a real sorority).

    My university had elected its first African-American homecoming queen. She was also fairly prominent in several student organizations, and as such, was going to the main commercial photographer on the edge of campus, and while there, came across a contact sheet for something called "Party in the Projects."

    It kind of turned into a thing. The aforementioned VP/DoS formulated a punishment for the partiers, but, being children of white privilege, they retained an attorney who asserted their First Amendment right to free expression, and this being a public university, general counsel announced that the school's hands were shackled.

    At that point, the Black Students Association took matters into their own hands. ΠΚΑ basically had their balls handed to them, because several groups joined up with the BSA to picket the frat's high-visibility fundraiser. The frat folded like a card table and VOLUNTARILY agreed to the punishment that had been proposed, including sensitivity training.

    Yet, there were splinter factions who still weren't satisfied and picketed the fundraiser anyway.

    Ultimately, the point was taken when public ridicule within the larger community was put on the table in such a way that money was involved,.

    The thing that stuck out most in my mind about the whole incident was something that the VP/DoS brought up in one of our first conversations: the kids didn't think they'd done anything offensive, which was bad enough, but what was even worse was that THEIR PARENTS DIDN'T EITHER.

  • The parents most likely threw/attended parties like this, too, but social media didn't exist to expose them to the mockery and censure that they rightfully deserved.

  • e jerry powell

    True, and clearly they also weren't stupid enough to hire A PARTY PHOTOGRAPHER that would have contact sheets posted in the storefront for other customers to see, like their kids were.

  • Finance_Nerd

    Proof once again that you can be educated and also be an idiot. Idiot (N) - someone who acts in a self-defeating or significantly counterproductive way

  • Jezzer

    The best part of this is that this article is being featured on Jezebel, who will later today, if history holds, go on to publish a tone deaf article that will piss off their readers of color, and bring down the banhammer on people who point out their racism.

    Because Tracie Egan Morrissey is the worst.

  • janellest

    I don't want to draw attention away from the point of this story, just want to point out it was an Arizona State frat, not a University of Arizona frat. Stay classy, Sun Devils.

  • Lauren

    Yeah, as a U of A alum I'm not going to say we haven't had our share of embarrassments but do give credit where credit is really due. It's like blaming Univ of Arkansas for something LSU or UT did (she says after Googling "U Arkansas rival").

    An easy way to keep them straight:

  • e jerry powell

    Did you mean University of Texas, or University of Tennessee? University of Texas hasn't been an Arkansas rival since before the demise of the Southwest Conference (Arkansas was the first school to bolt for the SEC).

  • e jerry powell

    Important distinction. Too many people can't distinguish between Tempe and Tucson. I used to think it was just all desert filled with white people ready to shoot anything coming over from Sonora with heroin sewn into its calves.


  • InternetMagpie

    I'm HONESTLY IMPRESSED that none of them are in blackface. There is still hope for the youth of America!

  • e jerry powell

    Perhaps it didn't occur to this particular group; so many others never miss that particular detail.

  • Honest to God, I saw the picture and thought, "At least none of them are in blackface."

  • Al Borland's Beard

    I think we can all agree that the most egregious thing here (Besides the lack of understanding what MLK Day actually stands for) is the spelling of "boys" with a "z".

  • SECOND favorite comment from Gawker article on this party:

    "Watermelon and basketball? This is the least creative racism I've ever seen. Its like they just googled "lame black stereotype cliches" and picked the first two results."

    FIRST, ABSOLUTE FAVORITEST comment from Gawker article on this party:

    "I don't understand why a party where everyone dressed like Justin Bieber can be considered racist."

  • Those are WONDERFUL. I can't even be righteously indignant after that!

  • logan

    The girl just looks sad.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Dead inside. Not the same thing.

  • e jerry powell

    As Tyra Banks would gladly point out.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    Whenever I hear about someone doing this, I like to imagine those people having to justify their actions in a job interview. Or never getting a job interview at all.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    Does anything good ever come from Instagram?

  • bastich

    Thanks to Instagram, I now know what food looks like.

  • pajiba
  • Steve Ward

    The internet filter at my work said that that link is blocked because of the pornography it contains. Just what kind of sick shit with sock puppets and turtles is Anna Kendrick doing?!?

  • Jezzer

    He said "good," not "birdlike and pointy."

  • Al Borland's Beard

    Making me jealous that I don't have a Lamb Chop puppet or a baby turtle?

  • I'm sure they were just being ironic. You know, how absolutely everyone loves to enjoy things ironically now. They weren't being racist, it was a statement. They have the deepest respect for MLK I'm sure. These upright men and women are trying to shed a light on causal racism among youth culture by engaging in that which they find so abhorrent. Very sly commentary. Brilliant and bravo young people and future middle managers of America!

  • e jerry powell

    Children who learned the definition of "irony" from Alanis Morissette?



  • Seriously, indeed. I love Alanis, but sometimes I think she ought to do PSA's explaining ACTUAL irony to a generation - mine, specifically - that thinks it has to do with getting rained on at your wedding.

    "It's a free riiii-iiiide, when you're already there (because you're white, and rich.)" - Ironic Racism

  • e jerry powell

    My favorite lesbian comedian (who desperately needs to update her web page or something) had a whole bit about Ironic Alanis, in fact.

  • e jerry powell

    Who would've thought?

  • dilwazr

    I was watching a stand-up comic once who made a joke about Oprah/tipping/black ladies tipping, which was 100% racist. And he said so, and then was like "But I'm an IRONIC racist! Which is total bullshit, by the way. You can't be an IRONIC pedophile."

  • e jerry powell

    I tip 30%, 40% if the waiter's cute. The gay cancels out the Black every time.

    Speaking of which, I'm due for a trip to the Cuban restaurant. Pork empanadas are screaming my name, and the waiters are always cute.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    ehhhh...I see your irony here, that Arizonans would understand and successfully be able to implement the concept of irony.

    Ironyception? (BWAAHMM?)

  • I will use this picture from now on to properly explain what "white privilege" is.

  • e jerry powell

    Hon, I have a whole album if this particular picture fades.

  • zeke_the_pig

    White Privilege Dartboard.
    Hit all their ignorant, entitled faces in one round and you win. The prize? Temporary ignorance of their existence.

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