ASU fraternity suspended for distasteful MLK Jr. party

By Paige Paswaters,
Local civil rights leaders seek immediate action from university

Students at Arizona State University celebrated their release from class this past Monday in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but some may have taken it too far.

A group of fraternity men from Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) at ASU decided to put together a 'party' in light of this established holiday. It did not take long for social media to grab a hold of some rather offensive photos from the fraternity's gathering. Party-goers wore costumes making fun of the African American culture.

As a result, the fraternity's status at Arizona State is in serious jeopardy. According to The Arizona Republic, local civil rights leaders made a public threat Tuesday afternoon in front of the journalism school on the downtown Phoenix campus. Unless the university agrees to expel any students involved in organizing this party, the fundraising campaign to rebuild Sun Devil Stadium will cease.

"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," said Sharon Keeler, an ASU spokeswoman. "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."

It is not unknown throughout the ASU community that its fraternities have undergone a great deal of scrutiny because of their actions. Additionally, this is not the first time Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) has been in violation of campus and fraternity regulations as the fraternity was already on social probation, meaning it was not allowed to host parties.

Fox News was able to hear what other students had to say about the matter: "I think this represents the ignorance that still exists today," says an ASU senior.

Pressure will be placed upon the university to make a decision within the next few days.

image: Wikimedia Commons



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