On November 14th The National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP) commended Beta Theta Pi for
“suspending and disbanding” its Auburn University chapter for
two years after fraternity members dressed in Ku Klux Klan
robes and blackface at a fraternity Halloween party.
Kweisi Mfume, NAACP President and CEO, said, “The national
officers within the Beta Theta Pi fraternity took a very
necessary step toward letting young people across the
country know that racism is unacceptable and should not be
tolerated under any circumstances.”
The NAACP met with Auburn’s interim president Tuesday
morning to outline concerns about the Halloween party and
other racial incidents on campus, including the distribution of
hate e-mails to members of the university’s Black Student
Union. On Monday, the NAACP met with African American
Auburn students who voiced alarm over the prevalence of
racial hostility on the campus.
The university has withdrawn recognition of Beta Theta Pi
and another fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi whose members also
were in involved in racist behavior at the Halloween party.
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