University of Georgia fraternity suspended over racist video

March 24, 2019 GMT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A University of Georgia fraternity is being investigated over a video showing some of its members mocking slavery and using a racial slur.

The university’s Student Government Association said in a statement Friday that they were aware of a video circulating on social media that shows members of a Greek organization “using racist language and engaging in behaviors that mock the suffering of enslaved peoples,” media report .

The university said on Twitter that the fraternity was suspended by its national organization.


“The University of Georgia condemns racism in the strongest terms. Racism has no place in our campus,” the university said.

The video shows a student hitting another with a belt while saying the words “Pick my cotton” and then a racial slur.

The national chapter for the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity said in a statement that the students have been expelled and the organization is “disgusted, appalled and angered,” by the incident.

“TKE will not tolerate any actions such as these that would be defined as racist, discriminatory and/or offensive,” the organization said. The group said the members in the video were not on chapter premises when the incident happened and were not taking part in a fraternity function.