Outrage as University of Alabama sorority sisters post racist Snapchat

'Chi O got NO n******!!!!' Outrage as University of Alabama sorority sisters post racist Snapchat

  • A photo of smiling sorority sisters from the University of Alabama included a caption bragging that the chapter had no black girls
  • Chi Omega Fraternity's national organization condemned the photo and said 'The woman who took the photo is no longer a member of the chapter'
  • Meanwhile, others have claimed the photo caption may have been an accident, or possibly a Photoshopped hoax

By Zoe Szathmary

A racial row has gripped an Alabama college campus where a sorority sister on Saturday posted a photo on Snapchat with a racist message bragging that their chapter had no black women.

'Chi O go no n*****!!!!!' reads the caption from a sister at the University of Alabama's Chi Omega sorority in Tuscaloosa.

The responsible sister has since been kicked out of the chapter, which just that day had pledged two African American women.

Scandal: This photo showing women from Chi Omega's chapter at the University of Alabama purportedly included a caption with the racial epithet

Scandal: This photo showing women from Chi Omega's chapter at the University of Alabama purportedly included a caption with the racial epithet

 

A message appeared on the national Chi Omega Fraternity Facebook condemning the message on Monday.

'What was expressed is absolutely reprehensible and completely inconsistent with Chi Omega's values and policies,' said the organization's post. 'Chi Omega took swift disciplinary action in accordance with the organization's policies and procedures.'

It also said that 'The Chi Omega chapter at the University of Alabama pledged a diverse group of young women, which included several new members who self-identified as minorities, including two African-American women.'

That information was supported by university newspaper The Crimson White, which tweeted '[...] All 16 Panhellenic sororities participating in recruitment offered bids to African American women.'

Sisterhood: Two African-Americans reportedly pledged Chi Omega at the University of Alabama. The sorority members from a previous year are seen here

Sisterhood: Two African-Americans reportedly pledged Chi Omega at the University of Alabama. The sorority members from a previous year are seen here

The woman responsible and the other sisters in the photo had yet to come forward as of Tuesday, but someone took the time to anonymously email Sorority humor blog Total Sorority Move with denials that the poster meant to use the racist epithet at all.

'The snap was, apparently, an auto correct from the word "ninjas" to “n*****,"' one tipster told the website.

'These so-called "ninjas" are, after how alabama rush works, a sorority gets stuck with girl that weren’t their top picks. The reason these dumb, non proofreading chi o’s were so happy was that they got a "perfect pledge class" this rush season. Now, don’t get me wrong, being a part of the alabama greek system there is a tradition of racism, but it stems from alumni in sororities not usually the actives.'

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