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Ariz. frat suspended over racist ‘MLK Black Party’

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TEMPE, AZ (KPHO) -- An Arizona State University fraternity is in hot water after hosting a racist party the night before the nation celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

School officials have suspended Tau Kappa Epsilon's chapter operations while they investigate exactly what happened at the so-called "MLK Black Party" party Sunday night.

Some of the more shocking incidents included frat members and guests donning basketball jerseys, flashing gang signs at the camera and drinking from watermelon cups.

The college students then posted photos of their antics on social media using hashtags like #hood, #myboymartin, #killem #blackoutformlk and #ihaveadream.

Many university students called the party inappropriate and said they were offended some of their classmates attended the party.

“I think this represents the ignorance that still exists today,” Kaajal Koranteng, an ASU senior, said.

A concerned student tipped off local media outlets about the party. Those reports prompted TKE's national chapter to send a team from Indianapolis to investigate.

Patrick Gleason, the director of compliance and housing for the fraternity, will be meeting with school officials as well as fraternity members.

This is not the first time the Gleason has had to deal with problems at the fraternity. In fact, the group was reinstated this December after ASU suspended the chapter for fights and other violations.

“We are working to remedy this issue and hold those parties who are responsible, responsible for their actions,” Gleason said.


  • donnie

    must have put the er on the end of the N word,big no no.If your white you can’t do that.And its only ok to act like this if your a white celeb or singer.,like the bieber.geez people please learn.

  • Sharon Sunflower Smith

    The future of America?! Their parents should be proud!! Besides, they are just showing what their families taught them about diversity, any race other than theirs must be inferior and subjected to bedeviling behavior!

  • Daryle Panek

    Sharon I guess your parents really named you Sunflower you must have issues of your own, what the hell does this have to do with their parents, kids had a frat party, one person, just one person got mad over this and made a report. the whole thing got blown out of proportion again.

    also noticed you are throwing around the race card again, it is people like you that need to grow some thick skin and grow up with the times, stop being so PC

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