Monday, December 10, 2012
How awful! Sorority Photo Features Sombreros, Mustaches etc.
Why is it wrong to imitate Mexicans? Are they inferior? The reaction seems to show that as the hidden assumption
The girls in the Chi Omega sorority at Penn State are in a little bit of trouble for posting a racist photo on the internet.
The racist sorority photo, which was apparently taken on Halloween, features several girls dressed up in sombreros and ponchos for a Mexican-themed party. The costumes would probably be enough to get the girls in trouble on their own but a few sorority members are also holding up drug related signs. One reads”Will mow lawn for weed + beer” and the other says “I don’t cut grass I smoke it.”
Jessica Riccardi, the president of the Nu Gamma chapter of Chi Omega, said that the photo was under investigation.
Riccardi told told the Daily Collegian: “Our chapter of Chi Omega sincerely apologizes for portraying inappropriate and untrue stereotypes. The picture in question does not support any of Chi Omega’s values or reflect what the organization aspires to be.”
Director of Penn State’s Public Information, Lisa Powers, said that the photo was protected by the girls’ First Amendment rights but added that she was extremely disappointed that they chose to have a racist party.