Racist social media post targets black Greek-letter organizations at Arkansas State University | News

Black students at Arkansas State University want an end to recurring racist incidents after someone targeted the university’s black fraternities and sororities on April 13 on a social media platform.

“It’s the same statement over and over and no one is going to care about it,” jamal romesthe president of the Arkansas State NAACP, told local station KAIT the current situation.

In fact, just a day after the racist post traumatized black students, KAIT reported that students shouted “white power” from a moving car while its reporter was interviewing junior students. Orion Hulsey for the story, which didn’t surprise Hulsey.

The post, which appeared on the social media app Yik Yak, reportedly targeted the nine black Greek organizations of the National Panhellenic Council (NPHC) when campus chapters were celebrating Greek Week on Wednesday April 13 by taking walks – or performing synchronized movements unique to each group – through the student union.

Later that day, many students came across the anonymous post. The comment called on black students to “get back on board” and said “black is a disease,” according to a statement posted on Instagram by Arkansas State University’s NPHC chapter.

“Not only is it shameful and disheartening to see our peers use an anonymous app to shame and belittle us, but it is also a travesty of our traditions and the history behind our organizations,” the NPHC posted on its Instagram page. Kenyon Atkinssaid the president of the university’s NPHC.

“For so long, minority students have been unable to feel comfortable on their college campuses.[es], and this is a great example. As a student body, we must exemplify unity and understanding for ALL students, regardless of race or ethnicity.

In response, the Chancellor of Arkansas State University Kelly Damphousse released a statement on Thursday (April 14) condemning the racist post.

“The language and labels used by people who publish on the weekly [National Pan-Hellenic Council] events on campus are simply unacceptable and disgraceful…The type of statements made recently regarding black students and members of NPHC organizations are disgraceful and unwelcome to Arkansas State University,” said Chancellor .

He added that hate speech is “only intended to sow division and conflict between groups”.

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“I am disappointed with the poor climate on campus regarding this, and hope that there can be real change after this incident,” Atkins wrote.

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