A member of the University of Alabama's Chi Omega sorority recently sent a racist photo taken through popular social media app Snapchat. The photo has gone viral, catching the attention of many. With the photo containing a racial slur, more controversy surrounds the UA's Greek system and its view towards African Americans (via Elle).
In the photo, three females are posing with the caption "Chi O got no n****s!!!!!," followed by a few Emojis. Chi Omega spokeswoman Whitney Plumpton reportedly told The Huffington Post the the image being passed around multiple media sites is "not the original Snapchat image." However, the original Snap did contain the slur used in the altered version.
"We are all extremely disappointed when any student uses language that is disrespectful or offensive to any segment of the UA community. Behavior, actions and choices that disparage other students are particularly reprehensible and do not represent the values or meet the expectations of our University community,” UA President Judy Bonner reportedly said.
As a response to this Snapchat photo incident, Bonner addressed the fact that progress has been made ever since the university came under scrutiny last year (sororities have been discriminating against African American women throughout their 110-year history at Alabama). On Aug. 16, sororities offered bids to 21 African American women.
“The results of bid day and the dedication of hundreds of students, employees and alumni who worked extremely hard this past year to achieve the important and significant milestones UA reached on bid day cannot and should not be dismissed or minimized. I want to assure you that The University of Alabama will not allow this incident to interrupt our progress,” she said.
According to Chi Omega’s national Facebook page, disciplinary action was taken, and the woman who took the photograph is no longer a member of the chapter.
"What was expressed is absolutely reprehensible and completely inconsistent with Chi Omega's values and policies," the national sorority said in the statement.
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