Waco, TX – A racist sorority photo may get some female Baylor students in trouble. The Facebook photos deemed by some as “racist” and “offensive” have raised an online firestorm and have prompted a response by officials at Baylor University, a Christian college in Texas. The controversy rages as the nation considers illegal immigration and how to deal with immigration reform.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Baylor is not the only college to stir up controversy with a racist sorority photo. Over at Penn State, the girls of the Chi Omega sorority threw a Halloween party where they took a group sorority photo with racist features like Mexican sombreros and ponchos. What angered people the most were the blatantly stereotypical signs the sorority girls were holding, saying, “Will mow lawn for weed + beer” and “I don’t cut grass. I smoke it.”
According to Fox News, the racist sorority photos first emerged when Baylor student Hannah Ray posted a public Facebook profile depicting a group of girls dressed in ponchos, sombreros, and fake mustaches. For the photo, the girls even smudged the resemblance of dirt on their faces and hung signs around their necks that read “Green Card?”
The second racist sorority photo was posted on Hannah Ray’s Instagram account. This photo featured the same Baylor girls climbing over a makeshift wall that appears to resemble a border fence. The photo has since been removed from Instagram but the caption read: “Best entrance ever #lodge #mexicans #hoppinthafence viva mexicooooo!!”
Baylor University has not confirmed whether the girls from Baylor were affiliated with a college sorority, but the school has acknowledged that Hannah Ray attends the University. Lori Fogleman, Director of Media Communications for Baylor University, said the school had “no idea where these images came from, or where the party was held.”
“Without hesitation, Baylor is an academic community that does not and would not tolerate racism on our campus,” said Fogleman. “If there is an offensive act on our campus and it’s brought to our attention, we have established numerous processes for people to report anonymously issues of any kind. So if brought to our attention, then those alleged incidents are thoroughly investigated by the university.”
As of yet, Baylor University has not launched an official investigation into whether these photos were officially created by a sorority and whether or not they are considered “racist” as to warrant punishment. It’s possible the girls were just friends who met off-campus for making the photograph and thus might not be liable for Baylor school rules. Do you think these Baylor girls should be held accountable for using stereotypes as humor? Or do you think the “racist” photos are all harmless fun?