Baylor University’s Pi Beta Phi sorority discovered that it’s foolish to post a video of members chanting the N-word on social media.
The sorority faces sanctions from school officials for the eight-second video that was posted to Instagram on Jan. 10 and circulated on both Instagram and Twitter, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported on Friday.
In the video, members jump and sing in their chapter room to the popular rap anthem “Mo Bamba” by Sheck Wes, which includes the N-word a part of its lyrics.
“The organization, in coordination with the university, has identified internal accountability practices, cultural awareness education and ways to address the individuals responsible and the organizational culture that resulted in the racially insensitive behavior. The university has accepted the mutually agreed-upon sanctions and will continue to work with the organization to enhance the educational opportunities afforded by this process,” Baylor’s vice president for student life, Kevin P. Jackson, said on Thursday.
Here’s a report from the campus newspaper the Baylor Lariat:
News about sanctions against the Baylor sorority came as the University of Oklahoma investigated a racist incident involving the OU chapter of Delta Delta Delta sorority. On Saturday, a student connected to a video showing a white woman in blackface was expelled from the sorority, CNN reported.
“We are saddened and offended that even on the eve of such an important holiday (Martin Luther King Day) for our nation we are reminded how far we have yet to come in the conversation about treating everyone with respect and dignity,” University of Oklahoma President James Gallogly wrote in a letter to the university’s community.
At Baylor, the NAACP chapter condemned Pi Beta Phi sorority and said that type of behavior should not be tolerated. The civil rights organization added that it was willing to work with the National Pan-Hellenic Council to host an educational program that addresses the issue. It’s a “teachable moment,” the organization added.
Pi Beta Phi sent a statement to the Lariat also condemning the video as racially insensitive.
“The lyrics of this song do not align with Pi Beta Phi’s core values nor do they exemplify what our organization stands for. Chapter leadership swiftly took action to address this behavior and hold members accountable for these inappropriate actions,” the statement said.