Methodist college sorority suspended ‘indefinitely’ after racist presentation about black soccer players
A Methodist University sorority has been suspended “indefinitely” after a white member led a competition-like presentation criticizing the appearance of black soccer players and comparing them to white athletes.
In a since-deleted Facebook post, an Alpha Delta Pi sorority member could be seen standing in front of a screen that showed photos of black soccer players at school in a PowerPoint presentation. According to The Observer of Fayetteville, the images of the athletes had captions such as “big nostrils” or “big lips”. The presentation also disapproved of locked hairstyles, with the attractiveness of black athletes rated against whiter beauty standards.
In a press release published on September 21, officials from the University of North Carolina condemned the coup, saying the school “is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.”
“We abhor racism in all its forms on our campus, and we immediately investigate all possible incidents of racism and act accordingly as appropriate, as the facts warrant,” the statement said.
“We believe in action and we act. Last week, we immediately launched a full investigation into a reported incident. This week, the hearing process is already underway. We will complete the hearing process as soon as possible while following our established protocols. Additionally, we have suspended the Alpha Delta Pi sorority indefinitely, pending further investigation. Alpha Delta Pi has been ordered to cease and desist from all activities. “
The national section of Alpha Delta Pi suspended the student who ran the forum, and the college section of the school was dissolved.
A former Methodist University football player who was included in the presentation said he received a direct message from the organizer of the event, in which she apologized for what had happened.
“I will accept with full responsibility the sanction that is decided with this affair with the school. Again, I’m so sorry and didn’t want this to hurt anyone and it wasn’t aimed at African Americans in any way. I can promise, ” she would have written.
The Methodist University for Greek Organizations webpage lists Alpha Delta Pi as the world’s first sorority who “paved the way for women in the fraternity system.” Although founded nationwide in 1851, the sorority has been at Methodist College since 2008. Members are known to pride themselves on being “the first and the best.”
Alpha Delta Pi national spokesperson Beth Wright wrote in a statement that Headquarters “was outraged and deeply saddened to learn of the racist behavior of our chapter member Theta Epsilon at Methodist University. Its actions directly contradict the values of Alpha Delta Pi. Racism has no place in our fellowship, and we will continue to work for inclusive spaces and restorative justice in our chapters, on our campuses and in our communities. “
Wright said the national organization is working with the university to determine what ultimately happened in the incident.