The Kappa Sigma chapter of Baylor University in Texas is facing scrutiny and suspension for throwing a Mexican-themed party Saturday night.
Partygoers wore sombreros, serapes and Mexico-related attire for the thematic celebration that is now being labeled racist by students and administrators. The Waco Tribune-Herald also used the word racist when reporting on the party.
While some attendees were embracing tidbits of the Mexican culture, other students may have taken it too far. Reportedly, individuals dressed up as construction workers and painted their faces tan or brown. However, no credible evidence has been turned over showing students with painted faces.
Students are also claiming partygoers were chanting, “Build that wall!” For those who had an issue with the fraternity’s Mexican-themed party, a campus-wide protest of around 200 students was initiated on Monday. The protesters demanded punishment for Baylor’s Kappa Sigma chapter.
Some of the protesters’ signs read, “My culture is not your costume,” and “Somos unidos (We are united).” Damian Moncada, the president of Baylor’s Hispanic Student Association, told the Tribune-Herald the following at the rally:
“A lot of you may not understand what we’re feeling. You may think that you have celebrated our culture. But, I ask you that, if you wanted to celebrate our culture, you would have invited us to that party.”
“I’m just tired. I don’t want to do this anymore,” said Baylor student Natasha Nkhama, who participated in the protest. “I don’t want us to have to keep walking every time something like this happens.”
Tweeted pictures of the party and protest can be viewed below:
— Harmony Martz (@_harmonious) May 1, 2017
so kappa sig threw a “mexican” party? yall are bold to yell build a wall but quick to have my culture as a theme for your wack ass party pic.twitter.com/vs9rfvP1iK
— andrew (@terrifving) April 30, 2017
COME OUTTTTTTT 🗣 pic.twitter.com/xDidNYJGAS
— 🍯✨ (@cieeeerraaa) May 1, 2017
— Waco Tribune-Herald (@wacotrib) May 2, 2017
“Dear Baylor, love thy neighbor” being chanted by students at Fountain Mall pic.twitter.com/gig1Mm6Lq7
— Phillip Ericksen (@PhillipEricksen) May 1, 2017
H/T: The Daily Caller
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