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.
“This photo has been brought to our attention and we have looked into the issue. The students in the photo are within their First Amendment rights to express themselves in this way, although we are certainly appalled that they would display this level of insensitivity and lack of judgment. These costumes and this group do not represent fraternity and sorority life at Penn State, nor the 95,000 students who attend our University. The Chi Omega sorority sisters have expressed deep remorse over this incident.”
The Penn State sorority isn’t the only group of college girls to post a racist photo to the internet. Shortly after Halloween, the official Duke website featured a photo that showed a women’s lacrosse player wearing blackface.
Do you think the Chi Omega sorority should face any sort of punishment for the racist photo?