Racist is as racist does

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.



Remember a book entitled:

"Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa"

The author traveled to Africa, saw the poverty & violence and actually became thankful that his slave ancestors were brought to America.

The book was not well received by the black victimization community.



Black Americans and Black Africans are two totally different cultures. Just because you are the same color does not mean you are of the same kind! I bet that author never heard the n word while he was there!


Re: Black Americans (snip)"

Typical arrogant American; thinks that his world view is the ONLY one.

Americans represent approx. 5% of the total world population.


deerie, your response has no relationship to Contango's comment.


Re: "haitian guy,"

In college, I used to hang out with some Ethiopians who told me that they were insulted when they were sometimes confused with American blacks.


That's because they think they are better than Black Americans until they are reminded by the white man that they are not! They can be extremely naïve!


Re: ""They can be extremely naïve!"

Typical arrogant American; thinks that his world view is the ONLY one.

Americans represent approx. 5% of the total world population.


pretty accurate post, ballsy thought it is.

The Big Dog's back

Boy huron, I didn't think you could outdo your previous racist posts.


I would like to know where the outrage has been in the Black community regarding the Black Rappers and their glorification of cop killers, raping and killing women ( of BOTH races), killing whitey, Raping old ladies, Raping babies, Cracker, pale face, whitey, honky, etc.

Isn't it amazing you never hear the outrage and the protests.
I wonder why?

Don't deny those "lyrics" don't exist because We all know they do.

Where the hell is the outrage? Because if White people wrote that garbage , you can bet your asses that there would be riots in the streets. Hell, even the hardcore heavy metal bands I listened too, weren't that bad. Then again they had the PMRC after them.

Don't like what I say.. Too bad. So I guess if that makes me racist. So be it.

Face it, when it comes right down to brass tacks , we are all some kind of "racist".


Quote the lyrics star!


Typical BS reply from you, deer. And STILL no answers to my very valid questions.

Stalking much?

Is the game afoot? Are we still playing?

The Big Dog's back

Sure glad there wasn't racism before rap music.


And still no answer to my questions.



Why is it ok for blacks to call white people honky, cracker, whitey, casper, pale face etc. etc. But god forbid a white person call a black person a n1gg3r? I, nor anyone I know, is, or has been, a slave. I really wish fellow "black people" would stop this entitlement crap. So unless YOU were a slave, white people (or anyone else for that matter) dont owe you a thing. Slavery ended years ago, and so should of the hatred. its 2014, and its unfortunate that so many people are using slavery, as an excuse to be racist.

The Big Dog's back

Do you have that yearning to call a Black person a name?


There are still slaves in the world, and it is blacks enslaving blacks on the continent of Africa.


This is America, okay!


Exactly, but not here. Many of our ancestors probably were slaves. But WE are not. I have many white friends, my sister married a white man, and I can tell you that there are a hell of a lot more racist black people than there are white. Slavery has ended so quit using that as an excuse.


...and when your sister goes into Macy's she is followed but her hubby is not. Don't get it twisted. It's not about slavery and you know it.

The Big Dog's back

youmustbejoking, you must be joking.


A couple of my "black" buddies have some extremely racist moms. I don't get the same vibe from my buddies, but their mommas, oh boy! Especially when you tell them Ron Paul was a wayyy better choice for president the Barry.


Thanks for that honest comment. You mustbejoking


WOW! Damon Newell is preaching about....ANYTHING?? I guess the Sandusky Register is really scraping the bottom of the barrel for writers these days!! They wonder why no one wants to pay to read their "newspaper"....im sure the family of the victims really looks forward to his rivoting opinions....what a JOKE!!!!!!! LOL!!!!! Only In America!!


I thought it was a good article.

Read the last 2 sentences.


If it's not about slavery deer tracker then whys your people always bringing it up and crying about it?


You are irrelevant. MOVE ON!


If a black college had a JFK day as stated in this article I would give it the attention that I think it would deserve, NONE!!!!!


It's sad that after all these years people still fight about race. There are times Dr. King is spinning in his grave.

The Big Dog's back

If you think Clinton was President when 9/11 happened, you might be a right wingnut.
If you think Obama was President when the Great Recession of 2007-2008 happened, you might be a right wingnut.
If you think Blacks cause all of the racist problems because of rap music, you might be a right wingnut.
If you think that because some Black people dress differently than you they are racist, you might be a right wingnut.
If you think that when a Black person speaks about injustices to Black people is being racist, you might be a right wingnut.