Racism has flourished on college campuses since President Donald Trump announced his run for office in 2016. As if more evidence was needed to support that observation, sorority members at two different universities recently came under investigation for racist behavior.
Officials at Old Dominion University in Virginia said they are investigating the local Alpha Phi chapter after social media posts surfaced on Wednesday accusing sorority members of bigotry and racism, WAVY.com reported.
Trump used racist rhetoric and embraced white supremacist language during his campaign and his first year in office. Reported hate crimes increased 17 percent in 2017, according to FBI data released in November, a much higher increase than in previous years.
The Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism and the Southern Poverty Law Center cited scores of campus incidents in 2016, during the presidential campaign and after Election Day, related to the promotion of white supremacy and other bigoted views, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
At Old Dominion, the campus community was in an uproar after tweets purported to show sorority members using racial slurs and communicating bigotry.
“Since no one wants to do anything about it, gonna just share some knowledge I gained with y’all,” the person outing the sorority tweeted.
University officials said the school “has zero tolerance for discrimination of any type.” The sorority has been suspended from holding any events on campus until further notice.
Meanwhile, a member of the Alpha Chi Omega chapter at the University of Tennessee has been suspended from the sorority over a video that surfaced on Thursday in which she uses the N-word, WATE-TV reported.
“Our chapter and this entire campus should be able to expect far more from our members,” a tweet from the sorority said in response to a former sorority member who posted the video and wrote that “this disgusting behavior should not be tolerated.”
“The racism displayed in this video does not belong on Rocky Top and does not represent our community’s values of civility and inclusion. The Dean of Students and the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life have been in touch with UT’s Alpha Chi Omega chapter and its national headquarters,” the University of Tennessee said Friday in a statement.