Ugh. Ugh ugh ugh. Just a reminder that all it takes is one bad apple caught up in the moment of trying to be funny to ruin everyone’s day. The University of Alabama’s sorority system doesn’t exactly have the best reputation when it comes to racism right now. BUT, there is some good news: 10 sororities at the school pledged 21 black women, which is a record number, according to AL.com.
YES! This kind of change is good, ladies.
However, this news has been marred with some not-so-great news from Alabama’s Chi Omega sorority, where a member stupidly blasted out a racist Snapchat Snap about not giving a bid to any black girls, even though they gave a bid to two. She was quickly kicked out of the sorority. Via AL.com’s Melissa Brown:
The University of Alabama is investigating a Bid Day incident involving a social media post with racially offensive language. Chi Omega national sorority leaders say they’ve already kicked the responsible member out of the chapter.
The photo, sent via social media app Snapchat, shows three white women with a caption using a racial slur seemingly celebrating that Chi O pledged no black women Saturday — despite the fact the sorority actually pledged two.
On Bid Day Saturday, 10 Panhellenic sororities pledged 21 black women, a historic number.
A UA spokeswoman said officials were made aware of the picture Saturday afternoon. The Office of Student Conduct is currently conducting a full investigation, which will decide appropriate consequences that will be in addition to Chi O’s sanctions.
“We are all extremely disappointed when any student uses language that is disrespectful or offensive to any segment of the UA community,” UA President Judy Bonner said in an emailed statement to students. “We are especially sad that this incident occurred on a day that was an exciting and happy one for the young women who participated in fall recruitment.”
In a statement from Whitney Plumpton, public relations director for Chi O nationals, the sorority says the woman responsible for the photo is no longer a chapter member.
The Snap in question, via TFM:
When you’re a member of an organization, remember that your actions not only reflect those of yourself, but the organization as a whole.
And ladies… It’s 2014. Despite what you heard your grandparents mumble over Sunday brunch, racism ALWAYS makes you look like a damn fool.
UPDATE: TFM has some graphic design evidence stating that the Snap that got the girl kicked out of her sorority was a Photoshop. Note how the two “g”s are different sizes. Did this initially say “sorority ninjas” before being maliciously changed? Kinda seems like it. Was Chi O framed as a prank by some asshole? If so, does that mean the “prankster” — if you want to call it that — could be facing a defamation lawsuit?
Screencap via Facebook.
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