CLEMSON, S.C. —Clemson University’s president and students are outraged over a controversial party held Saturday night.
The gang-themed gathering led to the suspension of a fraternity’s officers, and university officials say more suspensions are possible.
Saturday night, several students sent pictures of the party to WYFF News4 over social media. They were speaking out against a party called “#ClemsonCripmas.”
Pictures from the party showed students dressed up in gang apparel.
Clemson students also used social media to rally a protest over the party at the university president’s house Sunday morning.
Late Sunday night, Clemson officials told WYFF News4′s Mike McCormick that the university’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter members, their alumni advisory board and the national headquarters decided to suspend all activity indefinitely. According to a statement from the university, the ‘inappropriate theme party’ was organized by several of the fraternity’s members at a private, off-campus home.
Most of the fraternity chapter’s officers have resigned from their positions and have been suspended from the organization, according to the statement.
University officials said any member who attended the party may face suspension as well, pending the results of an internal investigation.
Little bit confused about what we’re outraged at here. Offending…gang members? Is it bad to hurt the feelings of gang members now? I mean nobody is in black face. Didn’t see a single painted black face in all the pictures on Twitter and Instagram. That’s the line that you can’t cross and it doesn’t seem like anybody did.
Then there’s this statement from the President of the school.
At a time of year when our thoughts are turning to family, holidays and the start of a new year – all the things that unite us and bring us joy — it is discouraging that so many events and issues are causing division and hurt, and making many students feel unwanted at this great university. It hurts to read disrespectful and just plain mean comments in social media. Last night’s “Cripmas” party, which the university did not sanction, raised more concerns about the campus climate. Clemson is better than this.
Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion about events in Ferguson, Staten Island and the protest rallies that those events have spawned. Great universities are built on the free expression and exploration of ideas. But the free expression of opinion must not cross the line and become harassment or intimidation, just as rallies and protest marches must not cross the line to lawlessness.
Our core values – honesty, integrity and respect – must be more than just words. I plan to host a series of events in early 2015 to foster productive discussion and unity that includes a broad segment of the campus – and I hope that I can count on your active participation.
Wait Ferguson? What? Are they trying to imply a fraternity costume party is some sort of Ferguson and Garner counter-movement? Kind of reaching there. Not to mention the Clemson president is basically free associating black people with gang culture which is way more offensive than dumbass college kids in bandanas, but whatever. The moral of the story as always is you just can’t do this shit anymore. Can’t do the theme parties even remotely bordering on race. Because you will get blown up on social media, you will be witchhunted by the internet, and you will be suspended and/or kicked off campus forever. Unless it’s Golf Pros and Tennis Hoes, nobody will care about that one.
PS – Public shaming. Now this is how you educate!