Fraternity Members Suspended After Dressing As 'Gangsters,' Donning Blackface At School's Multicultural Affair
Frat members dressed as thugs and in blackface at a multicultural event.
Officials at California Polytechnic State University suspended members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity on Tuesday.
Over the weekend, photos of members dressed as thugs -- with one sporting blackface -- at the college’s annual multicultural event surfaced online.
The photos appeared on Instagram with the caption: "She want a gangster not a pretty boy" and other social media platforms on Sunday. The white male members were dressed in stereotypical urban attire. The school launched an investigation into the fraternity photos that sparked protests around the campus and a standing-room only meeting to address racism.
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“When I see that picture, it is kind of hard when all of your life you’re told that your skin is ugly, that you look dirty,” said Erica Green, a freshman, according to a video of the meeting. “It doesn’t make me feel that this campus wants people like me here, like I’m appreciated.”
“We are extremely sorry and embarrassed for failing to recognize the racial impacts this brought forth,” the chapter said in the statement. It added: “Although it was not our intention to stir up racial tension, we understand the negative impact this picture had on our peers.”