While the Nu Gamma chapter of Chi Omega at Penn State has made the news this week, this is a much larger problem. We're really tired of reading stories like this, this, and this.
Seriously though, haven't you gotten the memo by now that these parties are offensive?
However, we're thinking we shouldn't be so angry right away. The more important question is do you understand why these parties are offensive?
- By throwing these parties where guests show up in stereotypical garb, you are reducing entire cultures and groups of people into a caricature.
- It's pretty basic. By making other cultures into what you think is a joke, you're basically saying you're better than them. We can't think of anything more condescending and arrogant.
- As members of values-based organizations, we talk a lot about how our fraternities and sororities make us better people. How are these parties congruent with that at all?
If you are having trouble with this issue, reach out. Your Multicultural Affairs office on campus is more than happy to help you understand how this is not inclusive. We have some different resources here, here, and in our Summer 2012 issue of Connections, as well.
So stop being racist. It's not cool, bro.