Archived: Alabama Sorority Sister: 'Got No N—-s!'

By Albert Lin

A University of Alabama student has been kicked out of her sorority for posting a photo captioned with a racial slur.

The student, a member of Chi Omega sorority, sent a Snapchat message with a shot of three white women and the caption: “Chi O got NO n—-s!!!!!” Although Snapchat messages are deleted after a few seconds, several people grabbed screenshots of the photo and circulated it online.

The statement appeared to suggest that no Black women were extended bids to Chi Omega, when in fact two accepted bids. Overall, more than 2,000 women pledged sororities during Alabama’s recent bid day, with 190 of those new pledges coming from underrepresented groups (9.5 percent), including 21 Blacks (1.1 percent).

This means that nonwhites remain severely underrepresented in Alabama’s sororities. According to the university, of the 34,852 students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) enrolled in the fall of 2013, 12 percent were Black, 3 percent were Latino and 2 percent were Asian.

Chi Omega is one of four sororities cited by the student-run The Crimson White newspaper in a piece last September detailing the failures of the school’s fraternities and sororities to welcome Blacks. “Fifty years after Vivian Malone and James Hood became the first Black students to desegregate The University of Alabama,” the story read, “there remains one last bastion of segregation on campus: The UA Greek system is still almost completely divided along racial lines.”

The national Chi Omega organization issued a statement in which it said the student had been expelled from the Alabama chapter:

Chi Omega is aware of the image that has been circulating via social media and we have been in communication with The University of Alabama administration. What was expressed is absolutely reprehensible and completely inconsistent with Chi Omega’s values and policies. Chi Omega took swift disciplinary action in accordance with the organization’s policies and procedures. The woman who took the photo is no longer a member of the chapter.

Chi Omega embraces women from all walks of life, who come together to form a network of friends with high standards and similar values. 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.

University of Alabama President Judy Bonner issued the following statement, suggesting that the student will face additional university punishment:

As many of you already know, one of our students posted a photo on Snapchat on Saturday afternoon that included particularly offensive racial language. I immediately asked the Office of Student Conduct to conduct a full investigation and was assured by the national Chi Omega headquarters that they had already begun an investigation of their own. There will be appropriate University consequences once our investigation is completed. These consequences will be in addition to any sanctions Chi Omega’s national officers decide to impose.

We are all extremely disappointed when any student uses language that is disrespectful or offensive to any segment of the UA community. We are especially sad that this incident occurred on a day that was an exciting and happy one for the young women who participated in fall recruitment.

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 and the members of our Panhellenic sororities took great strides forward on bid day by pledging a diverse group of young women that included 21 African American members.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. We will continue to work diligently and with a renewed commitment to make sure that UA is a welcoming and inclusive campus every day of the week.

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