Racist MLK Party Gets Fraternity Permanently Banned


A fraternity that was previously suspended in 2012 after an apartment brawl was permanently banned from Arizona State University’s Campus Thursday evening after they held a racist party in conjunction with Martin Luther King’s Day.

According to ASU spokeswoman, Sharon Keeler, Tau Kappa Epsilon was suspended for hosting an “MLK Black Party” where attendees were encouraged to wear jerseys, drink from watermelon cups and guests posted photos on Instagram with the hashtag #blackoutformlk and #hood. 

Keeler said that the university is investigating the actions of individual members, as well as other students who may have attended the party, to determine if any other violations of the student code of conduct were broken. She also said that more punishments may be handed down.

“ASU Student Code of Conduct sets forth the standards of conduct expected of students who choose to join our university community,” Arizona State President Michael M. Crow said in a statement from the Huffington Post. “At ASU, students who violate these standards will be subject to disciplinary sanctions in order to promote their own personal development, to protect the university community, and to maintain order and stability on our campuses."

The Huff Post reported that “ASU holds an annual MLK Breakfast to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, as well as “March on West” which is a reenactment of the “I Have a Dream” speech. The newspaper also said that a recording of a speech Dr. King delivered at ASU in 1964 was made available.