Offensive MLK Party Leads to ASU Frat Suspension

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TEMPE, Arizona– School officials at Arizona State University have suspended Tau Kappa Epsilon’s chapter operations after what’s being called an “offensive” MLK party, according to KPHO.

Pictures from the unregistered Greek event, that the group called “MLK Black Party,” show guests dressed in basketball jerseys, flashing gang signs and drinking from watermelon cups.

KPHO said an official statement from the university said ASU has suspended the chapter’s operations and will take “additional action against the individuals involved.”

The university also said the ASU chapter was already on social probation and not allowed to have parties, noting that last weekend’s party was not on campus and not a university-sanctioned event.

A statement from Tau Kappa Epsilon International fraternity issued to KPHO said in part:  “Tau Kappa Epsilon does not condone or support any actions by its members that would be defined as racist, discriminatory, and/or offensive. Social events with “party themes” that are defined as such have no place in our fraternity’s mission or purpose. It is with embarrassment and regret when a few individuals within our organization make decisions that do not align with the values and principles of Tau Kappa Epsilon.”

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