A University of Georgia fraternity has suspended itself indefinitely for racist comments about a black student who criticized the school’s response to the coronavirus, university officials said.
UGA’s Lambda Chi Alpha chapter self-suspended its operations over “racist, sexist and otherwise discriminatory comments” made in private GroupMe messages that were shared on Twitter by a black student who told NBC News that some were directed at her.
“They were targeting me because my account has become popular for exposing the people who are contributing to the rise in cases,” said 20-year-old Arianna Mbunwe, a junior studying political science who has posted photos and videos of UGA students seemingly ignoring mask and social distance policies since late August.
“Lord give me the strength to not call that woman a racial slur,” one person wrote in the GroupMe chat in response to Mbunwe claiming a member of Alpha Phi sorority had flouted social distancing guidelines at the college.
Another with the username “Ghost of Aunt Jemima” also wrote: “I guarantee you she … just sits in her room saying how white people are racist because she’s mad she didn’t get a bid lmao.”
Brennan Cox, the university’s Interfraternity Council president, confirmed that screenshots of the messages tweeted Saturday by Mbunwe led to the disciplinary action, NBC News reports.
“These disparaging remarks are odious to the Council’s desire for any member of the university community to feel welcomed in Greek Life and on campus,” Cox said in a statement Sunday. “We have much work toward this vision, and the Council remains committed to forging such reality for our generation, and the next.”
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