For the second time this week, a fraternity is making national headlines because of displays of open bigotry. This time, the culprit is the Phi Gamma Delta – also known as Fiji – fraternity at the University of Texas, Austin. A shocking video containing secret guidelines of behavior for new pledges emerged, and a photo of the rules were posted online.
Here is the video:
The rules include perfectly acceptable and common guidelines, such as “no drugs,” and “Respect the ladies.” However, the problem comes in when the frat starts showing that while they might try to respect women and maintain a drug free environment, they are also raving bigots. The offensive guidelines include things such as:
No Mexicans, No Interracial Dating, and No FAGETRY.
Yes, the misspelled anti-LGBT slur was in all caps, as you can see in the image below, which was posted to Twitter:
Now, of course we remember the firestorm that is still going on at Oklahoma University over the racist chant that their Sigma Alpha Episilon fraternity was caught singing. That University took appropriate action by promptly shutting down the fraternity, and assuring all that such behavior is not to be tolerated. However, if students at the University of Texas, Austin were expecting a similar response to a fraternity’s open racism, they were sorely mistaken. Instead, UT Austin’s official twitter tweeted that the behavior was well within the rights of the students, when responding to a racist party from last month, whose theme was “Border Patrol”:
@imnothoracio While the behavior doesn’t mirror UT core values, it’s within students’ right to freedom of speech at private off campus event
— UT Austin (@UTAustin) February 27, 2015
So, in other words, they are saying while they don’t condone racism on that campus, they certainly tolerate it from groups representing the school in an official capacity, such as fraternities. The worst of it is, though, is that the Fiji frat has been getting away with bigoted activity-some of it even criminal – for a couple of decades now. Here is a timeline of key events, for your convenience:
Now, if this isn’t enough to get a fraternity banned from that campus, what is? Why is the University of Texas, Austin’s reaction to open and obvious bigotry so different from that of Oklahoma University’s? Of course, we’ll never know the answer to that, because the people representing the school are more interested in saving face than they are in doing what’s right. Hopefully, the students protesting this outrageous display of hate can pressure the school into taking action.