Guide Arizona State University (ASU) has banned the activities of the local branch of the Student Union “Tau Kappa Epsilon.” According to The New York Times, students were punished for a party whose members were accused of ridiculing blacks.
According to data on the website of the University, the event was held on 19 January on the eve of Martin Luther King Day, dedicated to the birthday of the American fighter for the rights of blacks. Students meeting was dedicated to this holiday and was named “Black Party” (Black Party).
Participants student holiday had to come in clothes that symbolizes the stereotypes that have developed in American society against blacks. The party called to come in hoodie (hooded sweatshirts), free T-shirts and bandanas.
Dressed so students were photographed and the pictures laid out in a social network. Entries with pictures accompanied by the hashtag # blackoutformlk (loosely translated “get drunk in black for the Martin Luther King”), # ihaveadream (“I have a dream”, the opening words of the famous speech human rights activist) and # mlkparty (“holiday in honor of Martin Luther King”).
Photos caused outrage both in the university and beyond. Local human rights activists demanded to expel participants and to ban the activities of the Student Union.
The manual of the University said that by staging the holiday with drinking alcohol, union members not only violated the prohibition of discrimination, but also the conditions imposed on them before foreclosure. According to AZCentral.com, in November 2012, participants studsoyuza beaten black student, for which they were forbidden to hold any celebrations until May 17, 2014. Will delinquent students expelled, is still unknown.
In the international office “Tau Kappa Epsilon”, located in Indiana, the actions of members of the Arizona offices also criticized. “We apologize for offensive action, which seems to have taken some of our members,” – said in a statement on the website of the Union. As assured by representatives of the behavior of students in Arizona “does not correspond to the ideals of” Tau Kappa Epsilon”.
Branch Student Union “Tau Kappa Epsilon” at Arizona State University was established in 1949. The organization itself was established in 1899. During this time, had become parties to 257,000 students, among whom was the 40th U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Union today presented 291 office in the U.S. and Canada.