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Fraternity suspended for throwing MLK Day ‘black party’

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PHOENIX, Arizona (PIX11) —  An Arizona State University fraternity has been suspended after pictures of an “MLK party” they threw, showing students holding watermelon cups and dressed in gang attire, were posted to social media over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend.

The “MLK Black Party” was organized by members of ASU’s chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, according to The Phoenix New Times. Pictures of the unsanctioned event were posted on Instagram.

“Ballin out with my wildermuth wildboyz (and girl) #blackoutformlk #ihaveadream,” a caption under one of the photos read.


Photo via Instagram

“This isn’t appropriate at all and you really have no business dressing like this on a day that’s sort of revered for African-Americans,” one ASU student told KPHO.

“Just a day after the nation celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., racism has reared its head at one of the America’s largest universities,” Reverend Jarrett Maupin said.


The frat, which is on social probation, posted pictures of the party on Instagram. (Photo via Instagram)

A representative for ASU said the fraternity was already on social probation and was not allowed to hold any events or parties. “ASU has suspended chapter operations, can and will take additional action against the individuals involved, and is meeting with the national TKE organization today to take further action,” Sharon Keeler told the New Times.

“ASU has one of the most diverse student bodies of any major university in the country, and it is unfortunate that a few misguided individuals held an offensive party at a time when ASU, the state and the nation are celebrating Dr. King’s achievements and legacy. The university will not tolerate this kind of behavior.”


Photo via Instagram

None of the members of the ASU chapter have commented, but a representative for the national board of TKE told KPHO they would be fully investigating the incident.


  • Guest

    Free speech Freedom of association throwing a party. Not much of a problem going on except somebody cries the r word. Go cry somewhere else.

    • Calm down

      this has nothing to do with free speech you it's the fact that they're being disrespectful to one of the most influental people of all time. You people who automatically jump to white and black comparisons is why racism is perpetuated.

  • scallywagy

    People like the kids above actually think they’re being clever. One wonders how racist they really are, as such things are so funny to them and to be readily dismissed. In fact so normal have such representations become in communities, that many don’t see any problem whatsoever with sharing these photos online. Because, as they would argue, it’s “just a joke.”

    Which raises the question how did such distorted views become normalized in the first place….?

  • Chuck Smooth

    They are college kids,. of course they are going to do stuff like this. The pics look pretty tame, its not like other white kids don't dress/act like that. I don't know what the big deal is though. They didn't come out and say something specific that was offensive, or drop the N word. If that's what they want to do don't they have the right to express themselves? We are so overly Politically Correct in this country that anything and everything is offensive to somebody. If 'the blacks' don't like people mocking them by dressing like an moron with saggin pants etc, then maybe they should stop dressing like that. Unless they are wiggerz, not many self respecting white people would wear their
    pants saggin like that. You know why, CUZ THERE IS THIS INVENTION CALLED A BELT.

  • Chuck Smooth

    And of course its falls under free speech and freedom of expression. I don't like what they did at all, but they sure do have the right to do it in this country. They have the right to mock other races, religion, or famous people. They have the right worship or Idolize the scum of the earth like: Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, Pol Put, serial killers and even the ultimate idiot Rush Limbaugh. We have those rights in this country.

  • izzak

    Who cares if blacks were offended LOL! They offend white America on a daily basis. White guilt is SO yesterday.

  • Real talk

    MLK would be disgusted at modern black culture – misogynistic rap music that glorifies drug use and degrades women, baggy pants, caps on backwards, speaking in ebonics, gang violence. This culture deserves to be ridiculed. Well done to the ASU students.

  • someguy

    It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more… than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so fucking what."

    ― Stephen Fry

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