Yet another fraternity is under fire for racist activity. This time, it is the Clemson University chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, whose members threw a gang-themed “Cripmas” party during the 2014 holiday season. At the party, attendees dressed up like members of the infamous gangs, the Crips and the Bloods, and plastered photos of themselves in the offensive costumes all over social media.
As if this weren’t bad enough, the party came right at a time when racial tensions around the nation were already running high due to protests over the Ferguson, Missouri’s grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed black teen Michael Brown. Black students, who make up just six percent of Clemson’s student body, registered their outrage over the racist party theme and the university’s lack of attention to the problem of race relations on campus via twitter and other social media sources.
Clemson University has placed the fraternity on probation over the incident, and ordered members to attend classes related to gangs and social just issues, as well as alcohol, since the party also violated the school’s campus drug and alcohol policy. Further, many of the fraternity’s officers have stepped down.
This incident is especially troubling, since Oklahoma University just shut down its own SAE branch over a racist chant caught on tape on a bus trip, in which SAE brothers sang the words, “There will never be a n*gger SAE.”
Of course, they say that SAE is not a racist frat, but the fact that the chapter’s den mother was caught chanting the word “n*gger” in an apparently drunken state, doesn’t help their case much.
All in all, there seems to be a nationwide culture of racism within Sigma Alpha Epsilon. They keep saying that they condemn the behavior, that they aren’t all racists, but it’s looking more and more like they are. Hey, if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s usually a duck.
Watch video of the news report regarding the Clemson incident, courtesy of WYFF: