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

deertracker

You sound like a homophobe!

BabyMomma

You sound like a PU$$Y

Simple Enough II

No, if I recall he either was jumping on it or walking on it.

starryeyes83

A MAN doesn't go around with his pants on the ground showing the prison culture underwear code.

deertracker

Are you a man?

starryeyes83

No, and apparently you aren't, either.

grumpy

That's gonna leave a mark.

Stop It

lol...

Bubba's Buddy

The largest Racist organization in America is spelled NAACP

wally44824

BEST COMMENT EVER, Bubba!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BabyMomma

I agree with that too. I like what they stand for, but they have a hidden agenda and they could give a crap less about EQUAL. They don't practice what they preach.

deertracker

Have you ever been to a NAACP meeting? Ignorance breeds fear. Get educated!

wally44824

Deertracker, maybe you should educate yourself with these 3 ignorant, racist, IDIOTS: Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Rev. Sanders.

BabyMomma

Don't forget Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock, Kanye West, and 90% of all black rappers

SamAdams

Contango is right: "You have not converted a man because you have silenced him." - John Morley. And while it's not (generally) illegal to do silly or stupid things (like the fraternities discussed here), the typical demands for censure most assuredly DO chill free speech! It's not free speech if it doesn't include speech with which you disagree...

Yes, there are stereotypes just as discussed here, including the black thug and the white redneck. But if you REALLY want to prove that those stereotypes aren't applicable, why not set the example you claim represents the majority instead? The more people see the successful black businessman or the erudite Southerner, the more those stereotypes will be shown the joke they are (albeit not always very funny).

Know what effectively changes minds and hearts? Education. Know what doesn't? Threats, browbeating, nasty criticisms, etc. In fact, that tends to CEMENT the views! And in the interim, know what shuts that kind of idiot up? LAUGHTER or DISMISSAL. Nobody wants to be perceived as stupidly silly; nobody likes to be ignored.

Make all the redneck, dumb blonde, woman, or farmer jokes you like as far as I'm concerned. I'll just sit here and prove you wrong simply by behaving as I normally do on a day-to-day basis. Besides, I'm confident enough in myself to actually think a lot of those jokes are pretty funny. Instead of pretending to be wounded, laugh at the moron telling the joke, or laugh at the joke. And if you're NOT pretending, well, you have issues that go well above and beyond a few lame acts or words...

Nemesis

Amen, Sam. MLK said the only valid response to prejudice is excellence.

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The Hero Zone

Yup! There's a concise summary. Also, the internet agrees with you with this particular meme:

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/su...

EDIT: This one has more and better memes of this type:

http://www.quickmeme.com/Success...

SPEEDY GONZALEZ

WERE THE STUDENTS BLACK OR WHITE? NO MENTION WAS MADE IN THIS ARTICLE ABOUT WHAT RACE THEY WERE? I WOULD ASSUME THEY ARE WHITE, OTHERWISE THIS ARTICLE WOULDN'T EXIST. OBAMA IS STIRRING UP RACIAL TENSIONS HIMSELF, BUT HE'S NOT CALLED A RACIST. TENSIONS ARE GETTING HIGHER AND THE POT'S BEING STIRRED UP BY ARTICLES LIKE THIS, THAT PERPETUATE SLAVERY AND RACIAL ISSUES. I DONT OWN A SLAVE, AND NEITHER DID MY DAD OR GRANDPA, SO I OWE NOTHING TO ANYBODY. I'M ALSO AN ADULT AND HAVE NEVER SEEN A SLAVE. THAT'S THE PAST AND AS LONG AS PEOPLE HOLD ON TO THAT, THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY HEALING. IF YOU KEEP PICKING A SCAB IT TAKES LONGER TO HEAL. HOW CAN ANYONE DEBATE THE TRUTH?

BabyMomma

I think they were all Hawaiian

Brick Hamland

'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?"
No one would care.... The NAACP for white people doesn't exist nor does the white Al Sharpton- because those people would all be termed racists

BabyMomma

All you have to do is be white and disagree with Obama and you're a racist. If you're white, and say you don't like seeing peoples pants saggin below their buttocks, you're a racist. If you're white, and don't wear a pin that says I love black people, you're a racist. But nobody likes to talk about the way black people discriminate against white people. Racism goes both ways, but you only ever hear one point of view in the media. It's always the white man holding back the black man. I see the black men holding themselves back more than anything.

deertracker

What are Blacks that disagree with the President? What are BLACKS that complain about saggy pants? Yes, racism goes both ways but all Blacks don't adhere to the "turn the other cheek" thing. You will NEVER get it because you are white. Just the way it is!

grumpy

Re: "You will NEVER get it because you are white. Just the way it is!"

Turn the terms around and "YOU will never get it because you are black. Just the way it is!"

I was told way back when that if you turn the terms around will the statement/accusation still be true? Switch the terms black and white around. Are they still true?

If so how can people not have preferences or bias?

deertracker

Some of you act as if Blacks have no reason to feel the way they do. White people sag and love rap music. I do not know what it is like to experience white privilege.

rbenn

White privilege? OMG get over yourself,thats ridiculous. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA cry me a freakin river, people like you are the problem.

grumpy

Re: "Some of you act as if Blacks have no reason to feel the way they do."

Since you seem to be telling us how Blacks feel and think, tell us exactly how they feel. If not then what are you attempting to say? Sorry but my ancestors didn't come here till the 1900's. They weren't here during slavery. They didn't live in cities and their contact with Blacks was rather limited. Are you claiming that all whiter people are responsible for something? If so what? If only some how can you tell which are responsible for what and which aren't. How do you know which are which?

Are you just going to paint with a broad brush and turn around and complain when others do the same? I prefer to deal with individuals, not races, genders, sexual preferences, ages, political preferences, income classes,or however else you want to divide folks. I understand it is easier to lump people together in those types of groups. Till people deal with individuals this type of thing won't stop happening. You might breed out races but not the rest of how people get divided when you refuse to look at individuals.

huronguy

Blacks in America are some of the most racist people in the world they just have to hide it better because they are so dependent on the white man and have to play the game. Hey black people if you have a problem with racist then leave! Go back to that wonderful land you all think is so great go see what Africa is about and maybe your ignorant butts will come back and be thankful for what we have given you. If you have a problem with the white man then dont associate with us! Dont use our products our resources. Ive said before and its true blacks cant survive without the white man. I still laugh when black folks say they were the first here on earth, oh really first? Then why are blacks last on intelligence? Stop crying and be happy for what you have black ppl. Because heres the truth. If all the blacks in america were dropped off in other countries they would realize people all across the world dont like blacks but not because of their skin color but because of their ignorant ways and actions. Mexicans asians hell even africans. I once had a haitian guy tell me how he gets mad when folks assume hes "african American" he said nope im haitian african americans are the laziest people he's met and id have to agree. Most of you people reading this know having a afican american working along side you is going to be a rough day because most of them have the same work ethnic as their queen obama.

BabyMomma

That was ballsy

deertracker

...and racist. Typical noise from him!

BabyMomma

Extremely racist!

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