Racist is as racist does

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Jan 30, 2014
One day after the national day of remembrance and celebration dedicated to the life and sacrifice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Arizona State University chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon threw an MLK Day party in which the theme was dressing and acting black.

They didn’t dress up as Medgar Evers, Stokley Carmichael, Cornel West, Barack Obama or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They didn’t conduct themselves to reflect a race of people, who through peaceful protest and intellect, forced a racist nation to acknowledge their human right to dignity. To equality.

That would be an accurate depiction of the majority of black America.

The college students decided for that day they would combine all the negative stereotypes of black Americans into a derogatory caricature and act like ignoramuses in disdain of Dr. King.

The Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity posted party photos on Instagram wearing oversized basketball jerseys, bandanas, sagging pants, flashing gang signs, drinking out of watermelons with bananas tucked into their waistlines. They were even wretched enough to accompany the party photos with hashtags such as #hood, #ihaveadream, and #blackoutformlk.

The ASU-TKE chapter was recently reinstated as a fraternity after being suspended for a debacle involving more than a dozen TKE frat members assaulting members of rival fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon in November of 2012.

ASU responded to TKE’s MLK Black Party by immediately suspending the chapter’s operations and promising “additional action against the individuals involved” because at the time of the party TKE was on social probation and prohibited from having parties.

Three days later, ASU followed through with its vow to punish this wrong by abolishing the TKE chapter’s recognition as a fraternity on the ASU campus and is continuing to investigate individual TKE members and other students who attended the party.

The university is not alone in distancing themselves from the actions of a deplorable few. The Tau Kappa Epsilon International fraternity apologized for the actions of its chapter, stating: “TKE does not condone or support any actions by its members that would be defined as racist, discriminatory and/or offensive.

Social events with “party themes” that are defined as such have no place in our fraternity’s mission or purpose. It is with embarrassment and regret when a few individuals within our organization make decisions that do not align with the values and principles of TKE”

TKE, established in 1899, is one of the largest college social fraternities in the world, with chapters in almost 300 campuses in North America and more than 265,000 members, most of whom are not racist and a considerable number are black.

What might a national response be if a predominantly black college fraternity threw a JFK Day white party with members and attendants wearing bibbed overalls, drinking Natural Light, flaunting counterfeit crystal meth, and sporting temporary tattoo swastikas?

Would there be more of a public outcry if the hashtags read #redneck, #whiteoutforjfk and #asknotwhatyourcountrycandoforyou?

This could very well incite a renewal of racial tension in America or it can serve as a reminder that an ignorant minority of us still cling to racial sentiments toward men, women, everyone. Where the aftermath of this event takes us is totally up to us.

ASU and TKE both stood steadfast in disapproval of the chapter’s actions, ASU answering with quick permanent decisive action and TKE issuing a humble apology for its chapter clarifying in no way do the decisions of an ill-advised few reflect the understanding of the whole.

The ASU-TKE chapter does not represent anyone other than itself and the ignorance should disgrace the members who participated and those members alone. Much more can be said of the ASU-TKE chapter, but why? It has succeeded in making itself irrelevant. Our neighbors are still our neighbors and our friends are still our friends despite ethnicity and/or sexual preference. The majority of us do not share the ASU-TKE chapter’s view of our fellow man and we have to be aware of and secure in that fact. As a people we cannot allow hatred to sabotage peace and progress.

Comments

getit right be4...

Rapeist is as rapeist does.

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mikeylikesit

hmmm..

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The Hero Zone

This does nothing to advance the discussion he brought up. His past is what it is, but is he out there continuing criminal behavior? Or does he have a steady job and is also given the opportunity to write and speak his mind like a normal human being? Do the courts or local police see him as a threat to society? No.

You are welcome to disagree with what he writes, but as a fellow poster here this kind of stuff is discouraging to read.

BobByJoe

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big_d

You know, he has paid his debt to society, he deserves the same consideration as any one else. You may or may not agree with him, but his column is concise and well written.

Nemesis

"This does nothing to advance the discussion he brought up."

Actually, it does a lot.

Damon makes statistical claims about what represents the majority of a demographic that it's doubtful he can substantiate. Stereotypes do not spring ex nihilo; the are reflective of collectively observed statistical correlations. Racism lies not in acknowledging those correlations, but in assigning causality to them. Stereotypes are the fault of those whose conduct inspires them, and in that respect, Damon bears as much responsibility as this fraternity does for perpetuating such negative stereotypes.

If you don't like a stereotype that reflects badly upon you, your beef is with those with whom you share characteristics whose conduct embodies that stereotype. That's why I have such a problem with commenters like ThinkAgain, WiredMama, et al who have advocated some of the same things I support, but done so with such a lack of intelligence as to tarnish everyone else who supports those causes.

Damon's columns have so far have been pretty strong reinforcement of those same stereotypes. He's defended criminal behavior, condemned the prosecution of same, and attacked the police. I happen to agree with his last column about the abuse of power by law enforcement, but he should leave that sort of topic to someone whose past doesn't imply a huge conflict of interest and damage the credibility of the message.

The strongest evidence that Damon has truly changed would be his acknowledgement that baggage he carries as a result of his past choices will taint his message on topics relating to his past misadventures. The strongest evidence against his having changed is that he only writes about topics that imply he's carrying a grudge for society's response to his poor choices. He could do wonders for his credibility by writing a column that doesn't boil down to a racial grievance or a complaint about "the man."

Another problem is Damon's applause for ASU, a state actor, applying sanctions against the fraternity for exercising their free speech rights. The right to engage in expressive conduct that the majority finds offensive is what made it possible for MLK to lead a peaceful campaign in an area where the majority opposed his cause. That party was a form of speech - nasty, crass, morally repugnant speech, but speech nonetheless. The First Amendment doesn't just protect speech we like.

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The Hero Zone

I appreciate your response.

Babo

Your comments make too much sense and will not be appreciated by most herein. In any event, thank you to Hero Zone and your thought provoking comments.

thinkagain

Your smug and pretentious accusations aside, I totally understand why non-Christians, like yourself, do not like Christians. After all, the Apostles were arrested, jailed, flogged and killed, Stephen was stoned to death, Paul was stoned, flogged, and jailed.

To tolerate something, you have to in a sense be okay with it. The God I serve in fact hates sin. Stand by, watch and do nothing as the great unwashed majority of people choose the broad road that leads to death, but don’t fool yourself that you “support” anything I believe in.

To do and say nothing is disobedience to Jesus our Lord and Master, and so it is not a tenable option for true Christians.

Your worldly knowledge of religion, of love, of government is meaningless in God’s eyes. The world by all its combined knowledge knows not God and is closed minded to spiritual matters.

The Gospel message and Gospel messengers have always been rejected by so called “intellectuals”.

Do you think Christ never offended anyone? Crowds of people lined up to have him crucified. Yet Christ and the Apostles spoke the truth to a world that did not want to hear the truth about their sins.

DGMutley

"Damon makes statistical claims about what represents the majority of a demographic that it's doubtful he can substantiate. Stereotypes do not spring ex nihilo; the are reflective of collectively observed statistical correlations. Racism lies not in acknowledging those correlations, but in assigning causality to them. Stereotypes are the fault of those whose conduct inspires them, and in that respect, Damon bears as much responsibility as this fraternity does for perpetuating such negative stereotypes.

If you don't like a stereotype that reflects badly upon you, your beef is with those with whom you share characteristics whose conduct embodies that stereotype. That's why I have such a problem with commenters like ThinkAgain, WiredMama, et al who have advocated some of the same things I support, but done so with such a lack of intelligence as to tarnish everyone else who supports those causes.

Damon's columns have so far have been pretty strong reinforcement of those same stereotypes. He's defended criminal behavior, condemned the prosecution of same, and attacked the police. I happen to agree with his last column about the abuse of power by law enforcement, but he should leave that sort of topic to someone whose past doesn't imply a huge conflict of interest and damage the credibility of the message.

The strongest evidence that Damon has truly changed would be his acknowledgement that baggage he carries as a result of his past choices will taint his message on topics relating to his past misadventures. The strongest evidence against his having changed is that he only writes about topics that imply he's carrying a grudge for society's response to his poor choices. He could do wonders for his credibility by writing a column that doesn't boil down to a racial grievance or a complaint about "the man."

Another problem is Damon's applause for ASU, a state actor, applying sanctions against the fraternity for exercising their free speech rights. The right to engage in expressive conduct that the majority finds offensive is what made it possible for MLK to lead a peaceful campaign in an area where the majority opposed his cause. That party was a form of speech - nasty, crass, morally repugnant speech, but speech nonetheless. The First Amendment doesn't just protect speech we like." <<< Nemesis

Nemesis,

None of your comment makes any sense. It's gobbledygook or "Nemesis-ese". Or, more to the point... racist is as racist does (says).

Stop It

You copying and pasting Nem's whole post and saying you don't get it, says it all.

DGMutley

Stop It,

And, you are saying what? I thought I made it pretty clear.

deertracker

There's no e in rapist!

BabyMomma

You would know Rapy McRaperson

BobByJoe

Rape is of the vilest of evils, a man forcibly entering into another person’s body and then leaving his calling card; forcing his prey and their family great physical, emotional and mental harm. I question the decision of this paper printing a felons article that mock the term ‘human rights’. Those concerned about misspelled words over the moral implications involved is incomprehensible. Seems society has become totally distorted in both their logic and moral views.

BabyMomma

The author is a felon?

BobByJoe

http://www.homefacts.com/offende...

Is this now the same person who writes for the Register?

BabyMomma

Nice, a sexual predator felon too! Wow. Looks like him. Same name, Sandusky address, sounds about right.

BabyMomma

Does anyone at the Register have comment on the sexual predator that is stirring the pot once again?

starryeyes83

They don't care, look up his first column.

DGMutley

getit right be4 print,

I have to give a hat's off to Damon Newell. He's put his life back together from the worst of adversity. Intestinal fortitude.

From the Grave

"What might a national response be if a predominantly black college fraternity threw a JFK Day white party with members and attendants wearing bibbed overalls, drinking Natural Light, flaunting counterfeit crystal meth, and sporting temporary tattoo swastikas?"
Dude, Natural Light sucks.

KnuckleDragger

Well, you notice there is no mention of this little incident at the University of Michigan. http://americanoverlook.com/vide...

Pterocarya frax...

Or if you want the real story, read this link:

http://www.freep.com/article/201...

Or if you want proof that anyone that insinuates that racism is dead is full of crap:

http://www.chimpout.com/forum/sh...

deertracker

GI Joe only reads things that promotes his personal agenda of hating Blacks! SMDH!

KnuckleDragger

Sorry deerturd, I don't hate all blacks just ignorant entitled ones, the same can be said for the above ignorant white kids. If the shoe fits, wear it there buddy.

deertracker

Sorry, it doesn't fit. Try elsewhere!

Pterocarya frax...

Sorry KnuckleDragger, but posting racist stories from racist websites without fact checking them pretty much proves you are a racist.

Now you can go back to reading chimpout.com along with huronguy.

From the Grave

Though I think it's important to continue to deal with these issues, let's not forget that our Government is busy screwing us all EQUALLY.

JMOP

"They didn’t dress up as Medgar Evers, Stokley Carmichael, Cornel West, Barack Obama or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They didn’t conduct themselves to reflect a race of people, who through peaceful protest and intellect, forced a racist nation to acknowledge their human right to dignity. To equality.

That would be an accurate depiction of the majority of black America."

No mention of Allen West, Booker T. Washington, Dr. Benjamin Carson, or Herman Cain?

Numerous times I've heard the black youth refer to "proper" manners of their race as Oreo's. In my day it meant a mix race, now it means they are "acting" white.

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