Cal State Fullerton Sorority Dinged for “Taco Tuesday” Event Involving Sombreros, Cholo-Wear
|Is the red cup part of the Mexi costume?|
Not since ‘Seniores and Señoritas’ day at Canyon High School in 2012 had there been Mexi mocking at a school sanctioned event in OC, but it happened again. Back in August, the sisters of Cal State Fullerton sorority Alpha Delta Pi (ADPi) held a Taco Tuesday recruitment party that went horribly wrong. As the Daily Titan reported earlier this week, the majority of Alphies dressed up as “Mexicans”: sarapes, sombreros, and chola clothes, all things they’d never dare do down the street in Tokers Town!”You can have a Taco Tuesday without being racist,” says C@SA (Chicana Chicano Studies Alliance) Co-Chair Martha Contreras in the common-sense line of the century. “Just serve tacos.”
“My initial reaction was one of shock,” says Contreras. She’s also a senior at Cal State Fullerton double majoring in Sociology and Chicano Studies. “I hear about these kind of events happening on campuses nationwide, but I didn’t think making a culture a cartoon would happen here with the diversity of our students.”
|Cal State Fullerton students protesting this week|
ADPi got hit with sanctions by the school’s dean of students as part of an investigation into the Taco Tuesday tonterías. The sorority is under disciplinary probation until the end of 2015. More immediately, they are disallowed from having new recruits during this current fall semester. In the spring, recruitment will be allowed but curtailed. The sorority will also have to host cultural diversity workshops. Fun!
The disciplinary measures weren’t enough for some students. A flyer circulated demanding that ADPi be permanently disbanded. A march with a banner reading “My Culture is Not Your Party Theme” also took place on campus this week.
“My main issue in terms of the incident hinges upon a couple of things,” says Professor and Chicana/o Studies Chair Alexandro Gradilla. “If they wanted to honor Latinos then you hold a banquet, something dignified, where you have a prominent Latino/a leader speak and people learn. That’s how you honor something.”
Professor Gradilla wonders if the sanctions levied against the sorority don’t represent a “turnstile culture” in disciplining Greek-letter organizations on campus.
“How are these fraternities and sororities not understanding their diversity training?” he asks. “If these organizations build leadership as they claim, where is that leadership?”
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Welcome to October: the leaves are turning, the nights are getting colder, and college Greek parties are getting even more racist than usual.
An anonymous tipster sent us these Facebook photos of Zeta Tau Alphas at Texas Tech gearing up for a “Border Patrol” bash last weekend. Look, there are the sexy border patrol cops, and there are the girls wearing sombreros and shaking maracas. Now get on the ground and chug this rail tequila!
And please someone help that dog. Congratulations, ZTA, you win the first racist party of the season prize.
There are more prizes to be awarded, however. We’re searching for the most racist fraternities and sororities in the nation, and we need your help. As chapters gear up for Halloween over the next four weeks, they’ll no doubt host theme parties like “Colonial Bros and Nava-Hoes,”“Asian” and “blackface.” We want pictures of those parties.
This is an official call for anything you see at your school or other universities: party invitations, Instagrams, Facebook photos, whatever. Screenshot it all and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or our tips line, email@example.com. For big-ticket items involving famous people or the sons and daughters of famous people, we might even pay.
As we collect the data, we’ll tally up which national sororities and fraternities are responsible for the highest number of racist events. Is your frat the most racist in America? Check back and see.
My money’s on Sigma Chi, but it’s early.
Duke Students Protest ‘Racist Rager’ Frat Party
Students at Duke University today protested a fraternity party dubbed the “Racist Rager,” at which attendees dressed as Asians, including wearing conical hats, geisha costumes and an inflatable sumo suit.
On Tuesday, the school’s Asian Student Alliance plastered the campus with fliers that included the fraternity’s original email invitation that to a Feb. 1 party called “Kappa Sigma Asia Prime,” as well as photographs of frat members and other partygoers dressed in Asian-stereotype costumes.
The original invitation, obtained by a student newspaper, the Duke Chronicle, included racist language, including the salutation, “Herro Nice Duke Peopre,” and the line, “We look forward to having Mi, Yu, You and Yo Friends … over for some sake.”
When the email was reported to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Kappa Sigma sent out a new invitation noting that the party’s name had been changed to “International Relations: A Celebration of All Cultures and the Diversity of Duke.”
Today’s protest was attended by around 500 people, the Chronicle reported.
“This protest is about the destructive prejudice that must be uprooted from every corner of Duke to make this place an inclusive and safe place for all,” Asian Student Alliance President Ting-Ting Zhou said at the protest.
Duke members of Kappa Sigma did not immediately return emails seeking comment.
The national organization, however, said that the Duke chapter’s charter had been suspended.
In a similar incident in November, members of Duke’s women’s lacrosse team threw a Halloween party in which members dressed in blackface