Incidents of college students using social media to express their racial hatred keep happening on campus environments that are increasingly hotbeds for racist ideology.
One of the latest incidents involved four University of Georgia students who were expelled by the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity after video surfaced appearing to show them using the N-word and talking about picking cotton, NBC News reported on Saturday.
In the video, one white man uses a belt to slap another who is under covers in bed. Someone says, “Pick my cotton.” The person being hit replies, “I am not Black.”
Someone else says, “You’re not using the right words,” and then the racial slur can be heard.
“Tau Kappa Epsilon is disgusted, appalled and angered by the remarks shown in a video of four expelled members. TKE will not tolerate any actions such as these that would be defined as racist, discriminatory and/or offensive,” a statement from the fraternity said.
Other incidents that caught national attention this year included Old Dominion University in Virginia. In January, university officials investigated the local Alpha Phi chapter after social media posts surfaced that purported to show sorority members using racial slurs. About that same time, a member of the Alpha Chi Omega chapter at the University of Tennessee was suspended from the sorority over a video in which she uses the N-word.
This comes against the backdrop of white supremacist groups increasingly targeting college campuses for racist propaganda, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
“From Sept. 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018, ADL’s Center on Extremism documented 292 cases of white supremacist propaganda on college campuses — including fliers, stickers, banners, and posters — compared to 165 during the 2016-17 academic year,” ADL reported.
Since Sept. 1, 2016, ADL has recorded 478 propaganda incidents, targeting 287 college campuses in 47 states and the District of Columbia.
Trump used racist rhetoric and embraced white supremacist language during his campaign and while 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.