Don’t you just love how every October brings out white college students’ inner racists? We thought we had a couple more weeks before the blackface costumes popped up on social media yet again, but a UCLA fraternity already got a head start on Halloween inappropriateness with a Kanye Western-themed party complete with white boys who wore baggy clothes and had “their foreheads covered in charcoal” and women who showed up as “Kardashians” with plumped lips and padded bottoms, according to UCLA’s student paper The Daily Bruin.
UCLA spokesman Ricardo Vazquez told the New York Post the university had temporarily suspended Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Alpha Phi sorority, the organizations that threw the raid. UCLA also put out the statement below:
“We are concerned about these allegations and earnestly working to gather information about what occurred, talking to all those involved. While we do not yet have all the facts, the alleged behavior is inconsistent with good judgment as well as our principles of community. We remind students that while they are free to celebrate in ways that draw on popular culture, their specific choices can cause harm and pain to fellow members of their community. Put simply: Just because you can do something does not mean you should.”
Though UCLA has declined to comment further on the incident, the Afrikan Student Union at the university is saying plenty, launching a #BlackBruinsMatter movement to address the issue. Several of the black student organization’s members also reportedly confronted members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity after the incident and even asked them to attend the town hall meeting held this past Thursday in addition to a campus protest.
— Stephanie Herrera (@shg0nza) October 8, 2015
The UCLA chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity is currently under investigation by the organization’s national office so there’s no word on just how “temporary” their current suspension will be. Given the page out of the #BlackLivesMatter movement these students have taken and the hashtag activism still running strong online we bet they won’t see another party before graduation.
— Devin McCutchen (@DevinMcCutchen) October 9, 2015
Check the photos of the protesters.