Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity suspends University of Georgia chapter after racist video goes viral
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- A chapter of fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) at the University of Georgia has been suspended after a video showing frat members using racial slurs and whipping each other as a joke went viral.
- The national Tau Kappa Epsilon organization expelled four members involved with the video and issued a statement saying the national body is "disgusted, appalled and angered" by the video.
- The University of Georgia's Student Government Association said it is continuing an investigation into the video, and a statement from the school said, "racism has no place on our campus."
The University of Georgia chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity has been suspended after a video showing members of the UGA TKE chapter using racial slurs went viral on social media.The video shows one of the frat members hitting another with a belt, while yelling "pick my cotton, b****." The frat member being struck yells out "I'm not black," while a third person off-screen says, "You're not using the right words." Then the one holding the belts starts swinging again and inserts a racial slur. "Pick my cotton, n*****," he says.
The University of Georgia has not made it clear if the students in the video will face further consequences. In a memo sent to students, the UGA Student Government Association said that an investigation into the incident is underway. A separate statement posted from UGA's official Twitter account condemned the video as well."The University of Georgia condemns racism in the strongest terms," UGA said in response to a student sharing the video on Twitter. "Racism has no place on our campus. We will continue our efforts to promote a welcoming and supportive learning environment for our students, faculty and staff."
The University of Georgia is the latest school to suffer a racist incident involving a fraternity. Last year, New York's Syracuse University permanently suspended fraternity Theta Tau after a video surfaced of members taking a racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, ableist, and sexist oath. In 2015, the University of Oklahoma permanently banned fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon after a video showed members singing a song about lynching black people using racial slurs.
Y'all this is a video at UGA of fraternity members from TKE mocking slavery! A UGA student spoke up about this and they didn't take her serious. They will not get away with this and ignore the issue! #ExposeUGA- Nova (@sukari_xo) March 22, 2019
"Tau Kappa Epsilon is disgusted, appalled and angered by the remarks shown in the video." Full statement below. pic.twitter.com/CzeY66WqbX- Tau Kappa Epsilon (@TKE_Fraternity) March 22, 2019
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