Sorority under investigation for using N-word while singing a rap song (Video)

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A Snapchat video posted by sorority sisters at the University of New Hampshire (UHN) is being investigated for racism, as the university weighs the offense and decides what disciplinary action it will take if any.

According to reports, the Alpha Phi Sorority sisters were dancing at a party, singing along to “Gold Digger,” a Kanye West song containing the n-word. The video was posted on social media, where others became outraged, denouncing the use of the word as “ignorant and insensitive.”

The critique was then posted to an anti-racism, student-run Facebook group called “All Eyes on UNH.”

“A member of Alpha Phi Sorority put up this video of girls singing along to ‘Gold Digger’ by Kanye West on her Instagram story,” the Tuesday post reads. “The girls sing the N-word without thinking of the implications.”

It continues: “This is a showcase of ignorance and that the Panhellenic Council should do better in combating racism. The first step is addressing willful ignorance.”

Feelings about the accusation were mixed. Some criticized the sorority, agreeing that it perpetuates racism. For Instance, one student felt that if the sorority members were familiar with the song, they would know when the offensive word was coming up and skip the lyric, saying the word was “not a word for us (white people) to use under any circumstances.”

Other students defended the sorority members, reminding critics that the song is popular and well known. In one example, UNH student Gabby Razz said: “These girls clearly were not intentionally trying to degrade people of color because of one word sung. They’re college girls having fun celebrating their new members of the sorority.”

On Wednesday, a UNH spokeswoman told NH1  that the college is investigating the video and the sorority.

“No disciplinary action has yet been taken by the university. The incident is under review,” spokeswoman Erika Mantz reportedly said. “We believe strongly in the right to free speech as recognized by the First Amendment, and we also believe in the right of every member of our community to feel safe and respected.

“We continue to work to improve our campus culture through education, awareness, and action.”

It should be noted that within the song in question, the N-word is featured prominently throughout the chorus, and is repeated six times in the song. The lyrics are provided here via Google Play Music (below the video of the incident). Be advised, the N-word is spelled out in the transcript.

Gold Digger (Feat. Jamie Foxx) – Kanye West

She take my money when I’m in need
Yea she’s a trifling friend indeed
Oh she’s a gold digger way over town
That digs on me

Now I ain’t saying she a gold digger
But she ain’t messing with no broke niggas
Now I ain’t saying she a gold digger
But she ain’t messing wit no broke niggas
Get down girl, go ‘head get down
Get down girl, go ‘head get down
Get down girl, go ‘head get down
Get down girl, go ‘head

Cutie the bomb
Met her at a beauty salon
With a baby Louis Vuitton
Under her underarm
She said I can tell you ROC
I can tell by ya charm
Far as girls you got a flock
I can tell by ya charm and ya arm
But I’m looking for the one
Have you seen her
My psychic told me she have a ass like Serena
Trina, Jennifer Lopez, four kids
An I gotta take all they bad ass to show-biz
OK get ya kids but then they got their friends
I pulled up in the Benz, they all got up In
We all went to Den and then I had to pay
If you fucking with this girl then you betta be payed
You know why
It take too much to touch her
From what I heard she got a baby by Busta
My best friend say she use to fuck wit Usher
I don’t care what none of y’all say I still love her

Now I ain’t saying she a gold digger
But she ain’t messing with no broke niggas
Now I ain’t saying she a gold digger
But she ain’t messing wit no broke niggas
Get down girl, go ‘head get down
Get down girl, go ‘head get down
Get down girl, go ‘head get down
Get down girl, go ‘head

Eighteen years, eighteen years
She got one of yo kids got you for 18 years
I know somebody paying child support for one of his kids
His baby momma’s car and crib is bigger than his
You will see him on TV, Any Given Sunday
Win the Superbowl and drive off in a Hyundai
She was spose to buy ya shorty TYCO with ya money
She went to the doctor got lypo with ya money
She walking around looking like Micheal with ya money
Should of got that insured got GEICO for ya money
If you ain’t no punk holla We Want Prenup
We want prenup!, yeah
It’s something that you need to have
‘Cause when she leave yo ass she gone leave with half
Eighteen years, eighteen years
And on her eighteenth birthday he found out it wasn’t his

Now I ain’t saying she a gold digger
But she ain’t messing with no broke niggas
Now I ain’t saying she a gold digger
But she ain’t messing wit no broke niggas
Get down girl, go ‘head get down
Get down girl, go ‘head get down
Get down girl, go ‘head get down
Get down girl, go ‘head

Now I ain’t saying you a gold digger you got needs
You don’t want ya dude to smoke but he can’t buy weed
You got out to eat and he can’t pay y’all can’t leave
There’s dishes in the back, he gotta roll up his sleeves
But why y’all washing watch him
He gone make it into a Benz out of that Datson
He got that ambition baby look in his eyes
This week he mopping floors next week it’s the fries
So, stick by his side
I know his dude’s balling but yea that’s nice
And they gone keep calling and trying
But you stay right girl
But when you get on he leave yo ass for a white girl

Get down girl, go ‘head get down
Get down girl, go ‘head get down
Get down girl, go ‘head get down
Get down girl, go ‘head

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