UCLA Fraternity Under Investigation After Kanye West-Themed Party Featuring Blackface
Reports say some attendees came to the party with "their foreheads covered in charcoal."
The UCLA chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity is under investigation by the organization’s national office after members of the frat threw a “Kanye Western”-themed party with some attendees wearing blackface, the Los Angeles Times reports.
According to the UCLA student newspaper, The Daily Bruin, the Kanye West-themed party was held by both the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the Alpha Phi sorority and guests showed up “dressed in baggy clothes, plumped lips and padded bottoms, or as ‘Kardashians.’” The paper also reported that some attendees came to the party with "their foreheads covered in charcoal.”
"We are concerned about these allegations and earnestly working to gather information about what occurred, talking to all those involved,” reads a statement from UCLA via KNBC-TV. “While we do not yet have all the facts, the alleged behavior is inconsistent with good judgment as well as our principles of community. We remind students that while they are free to celebrate in ways that draw on popular culture, their specific choices can cause harm and pain to fellow members of their community. Put simply: Just because you can do something does not mean you should."
The actions by the fraternity and sorority sparked the hashtag #BlackBruinsMatter, piggybacking on the larger Black Lives Matter movement. The hashtag has been used to discuss race relations and Greek life leading up to a campus event on Thursday, Oct. 8, hosted by the Afrikan Student Union to address these issues.
According to the L.A. Times, the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity's activities have been "temporarily suspended" as the national office investigates the situation.
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