University of Alabama Condemns Sorority For Sending (Possibly Photoshopped) “Got No Niggas!” Snapchat
Jezebel - As new members of University of Alabama’s sororities celebrated their newfound adoption into their sisterhoods this weekend, one member of the Chi Omega sorority chose to express her excitement through a Snapchat of her smiling face and the faces of two friends, subtitled with the brag “Chi O got NO niggas!!!!! [Emoji Red Heart, Emoji Yellow Heart, Emoji of a Girl Crossing Her Arms, Emoji of a Girl with Her Arms Over Her Head].”
Update: After an update was posted to a Total Frat Move post calling the Snapchat’s validity into question, the site took the entire post down.
The Snap had been circulating on social media before being reported on by the school paper The Crimson White and on Total Frat Move with the faces of the girls in the photo underneath the text blurred out.
Not only is the image offensive, it is apparently inaccurate. Recruitment at UofA just concluded and all Panhellenic sororities offered bids to black women, with two black women pledging Chi Omega. “21 black women and 169 women who identified as members of other racial minorities ran alongside their new sisters on Bid Day, each clutching an invitation to join a Panhellenic sorority at The University of Alabama,” reported the Crimson White this weekend.
Reader Email (Letter from President)
A Message from the President
As many of you already know, one of our students posted a photo on Snap Chat on Saturday afternoon that included particularly offensive racial language. I immediately asked the Office of Student Conduct to conduct a full investigation and was assured by the national Chi Omega headquarters that they had already begun an investigation of their own. There will be appropriate University consequences once our investigation is completed. These consequences will be in addition to any sanctions Chi Omega’s national officers decide to impose.
We are all extremely disappointed when any student uses language that is disrespectful or offensive to any segment of the UA community. We are especially sad that this incident occurred on a day that was an exciting and happy one for the young women who participated in fall recruitment.
Behavior, actions and choices that disparage other students are particularly reprehensible and do not represent the values or meet the expectations of our University community. UA and the members of our Panhellenic sororities took great strides forward on bid day by pledging a diverse group of young women that included 21 African American members. The results of bid day and the dedication of hundreds of students, employees and alumni who worked extremely hard this past year to achieve the important and significant milestones UA reached on bid day cannot and should not be dismissed or minimized.
I want to assure you that The University of Alabama will not allow this incident to interrupt our progress. We will continue to work diligently and with a renewed commitment to make sure that UA is a welcoming and inclusive campus every day of the week.
Ok so I’ve been trying to keep up with this story since last night, had to revise the blog like 4 separate times with all the developments. First this Snapchat goes viral of Alabama sorority girls celebrating getting “no niggas” during rush. We’ve seen the articles and the stories and the 50,000 word essays about the inherent racism in the Alabama sorority system so it really wasn’t shocking to everyone. The President was sending school wide emails condemning the girls and the sorority, the internet was blowing up, everyone going nuts. Then Total Frat Move posts a retraction saying it’s a clear photoshop and fake and apologized while pulling the entire post down, as every other site starts adding updates about how it’s not real. But then today I wake up and the girls are expelled from their sorority? What the fuck? Can somebody make up their mind? I mean just looking closely at the thing seems totally Photoshopped.
I mean look at the Gs. Don’t need to be Millmore to see those don’t match up. Plus this sorority actually gave bids to 2 black girls so it doesn’t even make sense factually?
Oh and apparently the original snap said “ninjas” which in Greek speak means girls who get stuck in sororities that don’t really want them.
Another user told Total Sorority Move the offending image had been Photoshopped.
‘Whoever edited the image took the “g” from “got” and moved it into the “nj” in “ninjas” (the story update actually makes perfect sense),’ the user said. ‘If you zoom in and check the kerning of the letters then you can see that the first ‘g’ in “n*****” was stretched the make up for the wide empty space where the “n” used to be and that the second “g” was kept at the original dimensions.’
That user also wrote ‘I sympathize with the girl because it seems someone saw an opportunity to be malicious and acted upon it.’
‘These so-called “ninjas” are, after how alabama rush works, a sorority gets stuck with girl that weren’t their top picks. The reason these dumb, non proofreading chi o’s were so happy was that they got a “perfect pledge class” this rush season. Now, don’t get me wrong, being a part of the alabama greek system there is a tradition of racism, but it stems from alumni in sororities not usually the actives.’ (Daily Mail)
I don’t know, all I know is that Alabama Greek Life has enough completely true and valid race issues to deal with, don’t need to be throwing possibly computer generated outrage into the mix.