Black Leaders Call for Action After ASU Frat's "MLK Black Party"

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The Reverend Jarrett Maupin addresses onlookers at a press conference.


The Reverend Jarrett Maupin called for Tau Kappa Epsilon to be permanently banned from Arizona State University after the fraternity held an "MLK Black Party" on Monday.

"TKE has a problem with African-American students," the local black activist said at a press conference he called Tuesday at ASU's downtown campus. "They have a problem with black people as a race, and there's no room for that in what [ASU President Michael] Crow has called 'The New American University.'"

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Maupin also wants students who planned or attended the party expelled, and for ASU to acknowledge race problems on campus.

"There is a zero-tolerance policy for racism in our public universities, and we are demanding action as a people," Maupin said.

ASU student Malik McLaurin, who spoke at the press conference, agreed that racism at ASU needs to be addressed.

"I'm actually happy that this incident did come to light because this is a situation that is apparent to students at Arizona State University, the African-American students," McLaurin said. "Finally, everyone else sees what the situation is at Arizona State University."

Describing "the black student bubble" at ASU, McLaurin said, "We sit down in a class, and you see a bubble around you. No one sits to your left, no one sits to your right; you sit there alone. No one communicates with you, you don't have study partners; this is something [that only happens] with African-American students."

Also on hand, the Reverend Luther Holland suggested that the university mandate anti-racism training for every employee.

"You don't know what racism is until you have an opportunity to role-play it and experience it," Holland said.

TKE has been on disciplinary probation with ASU since 2012 and was suspended for this incident. ASU administrators met with the national TKE organization Tuesday to take further action against the chapter.

"ASU has one of the most diverse student bodies of any major university in the country, and it is unfortunate that a few misguided individuals held an offensive party at a time when ASU, the state, and the nation are celebrating Dr. King's achievements and legacy," a statement released by the university said.

But should ASU fail to take significant action against TKE or meet with leaders in the African-American community, Maupin says he's not afraid to take action against the school: "If Dr. Crow doesn't meet with us, we're going to call for a national boycott of the Sun Devil athletic program and do everything we can to halt the inflow of money for the remodeling of that stadium. It's certainly within our power to do it."

But above all, Maupin wants to ensure that incidents like the "MLK Black Party" will cease to exist at ASU.

"Dr. Crow has to decide that he is going to take decisive, direct action in the spirit of justice and in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. to make sure that black students, that all students, are safe on the campus," Maupin said.



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protoslo1
protoslo1

Oh yeah, let's listen to a POS who is a criminal talk about racism. What a joke. This POS shouldn't even think about being in front of a camera. Go home, you racist liar. You should be banned.

Let's see-Maupin II was indicted in January. After admitting that he falsely informed the FBI last September that Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon had allegedly engaged in criminal activity. Maupin made the claim in order to damage Gordon’s mayoral aspirations.

Yes, another fine example of black leadership.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

So then any black person(s) who dont like non blacks also need to be removed from schools 


work etc


ACCORDING TO THE REVEREND


B/c we all do believe in equality 

budsan
budsan

Arizona has a governor, Jan Brewer who voted against the MLK Holiday twice as a state senator, John McCain our present US Senator voted against the MLK Holiday and has a voting record that's anti minority. Jeff Flake's family members says it all about their racial views. Then we have Arpaio, and Babeu this type of behavior should be expected with these leaders. The Black leaders of AZ should target these bigoted politicians and help remove them from office

awakeningpeace
awakeningpeace

What would MLK do in this situation? I doubt he would be hypocritical and vindictive while trying to battle ignorance with more ignorance and classlessness. To use his words: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

DNichols
DNichols

Black Leaders in Arizona tell the Black Community to Vote for Racist Sheriff Arpaio because they love his Bigotry, and Racism toward Hispanic's.

Now they Cry about Racism towards Blacks' ?!!

Talk about hipocrisy!

News Flash to the Black Community that Supports Arpaios Hate toward Hispanic's

Racism is Racism Period don't support it towards one color then cry about it towards your color?!!!

Bill Nash
Bill Nash

Casual racism is still racism. But free speech is still free speech. Reprehensible unfortunately isn't always illegal.p

Eliott Kroll
Eliott Kroll

I'm quite sure nobody is defending their behavior. Maybe the institution should be examining why an entire frat thought this would be acceptable. But you really think the answer here is to expel an entire frat because they had a tasteless theme for a party? Good God. There are other measures to take besides trying to ruin someone's life over an offensive joke.

Mary Loder
Mary Loder

Hopefully they understand that what they were doing was disrespectful and tasteless.

Mary Loder
Mary Loder

I know a great way to stop this shit. Educate the youth. Instead of a day off school, make the day about the educating them to the events that lead up to the importance of the holiday. Celebrate and educate. They are kids without an understanding of their actions.

Kenneth Taylor
Kenneth Taylor

I went through all the posts and the theme i got was... "oh dont crucify the little white lambs...they didnt know...oh theyre so innocent...somebody conjured up this s**t and the folks followed suit i guess like lambs to the slaughter right. They are accessories to the crime expell their ass...youre defending this and youre full of s**t. Set and example of their a**. You want me to fight for freedom wherever theres trouble like GI Joe but cant even admit a blatant wrong. #canyouseemymiddlefinger

Tara Briscoe
Tara Briscoe

Because I'm completely blind from what goes on around me and all my black friends?

Kenneth Taylor
Kenneth Taylor

when you stop embracing neo nazi, skinhead, redneck, eurotrash culture we will consider ours...

Kenneth Taylor
Kenneth Taylor

please the fact that frats are depicted as wearing robes sandals with hard ons and standing close to one another is reason for me to just stare and bet on whos going to poke who first...

Kenneth Taylor
Kenneth Taylor

Its amazing what people would say in the comfort of home... you wouldnt open your mouth and tell the truth to save your own momma.... #coward

Kenneth Taylor
Kenneth Taylor

if youre 18 or older deal with your damn consequences...

Kenneth Taylor
Kenneth Taylor

Zuri Déva I find it offensive to listen to people assume that every mexican (azteca) is a low wage worker... Hawaiians aren't taunted because we wear their garbe to parties... Ask the older folks, just like any other minority, the "uppity" and rude behavior they had to experience on their own islands... you say theres a double standard....I think when you look at the truth youre lowering your own standards to deny the fact.

gold102000
gold102000

Say goodbye to the idiot students & say goodbye to the frat.

Kenneth Taylor
Kenneth Taylor

So lets see... we all know the code words that will be used... race baiter...reverse racism...etc so we all know how every poster feel by those sly expressions but lets look at it like this... you may not think that the kids done anything wrong BUT when the INSTITUTE taps a hand and not expell them from college ... there is an institutional belief that this is not racism or horrible enough to reprimand each person that was involved in this....so until the institutional racism is not toppled why would you believe they would stop something like this... Minorities here's an idea... When you're young don't invest in these colleges find a HBCU to go to. When you have your bachelors and educated and confident then you deal with them in the real professional world with confidence, and connections of your own. Make sure you vote and topple the people that believe that racism is normal. Enjoy this video this is what we are against minorities and the poor... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6WlM1dca18

Eliott Kroll
Eliott Kroll

Organizationally perhaps they can do something about the institution supporting it, but they are free to express offensive opinions, that's known as the first amendment.

Charli Vark
Charli Vark

The very fact that the majority of the comments on here are in support of these idiots and their behavior could make one lose one's faith in humanity, if one had it to begin with.....

Charli Vark
Charli Vark

White girls generally don't get to experience the ugly end of the racism stick in America..... Your experience comes from....?

Charli Vark
Charli Vark

because no punishment at all would be the adult way to go about it....?

Brian Schaefer
Brian Schaefer

Why is it not racism when non Caucasians make fun of white people?

just_2_hott
just_2_hott

So this media hound just like Sharpton was just on KTAR radio and said "This party is not like a REDNECK DAY @ Gilbert High School" I take it thats not being taken as racist.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

So what did the do-called MLK Day Tau Kappa Epsilon party have to do with honoring or even acknowledging Dr. King? Those frat brats are nothing more than spoiled boors, who fail to see the significance of a man who was murdered for trying to move this country a bit closer to its stated ideals. The behavior of those so-called fraternity brothers and their ladies auxiliary to mock what they believe to be representations of African-American culture clearly demonstrate how little they know of that culture and of U.S. history. They entered university as boors and boors they will no doubt remain.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

These aren't black "leaders".  They are very simply race baiters.  

Michael Herrera
Michael Herrera

This should not even be an issue!! People choose to make this a big issue!! Stupid!!! What does the 1st amendment of the constitution say?? I did not hear the N word being repeated like I did in Kat Williams comedy skit!!

Tim Fitchner
Tim Fitchner

Firstly their is something wrong w/ being a sensitive vagina? What kind of idiotic buffoonery is this Eleanor? S m h.

Tara Briscoe
Tara Briscoe

What's really offensive is the extremists grandstanding and turning the action of a few insensitive students into all out racial discrimination by everyone on campus. I've been an ASU student for over 2 years and can tell you that's complete BS. There is no black bubble, black people are not treated differently. It's turned into a witch hunt.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Two words: White Chicks.  When Maupin and Co. start getting all sensitive (and I thought black people were "strong") about other people's feelings of exploitation and discrimination, I'll listen.  Until then Maupin STFU. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Chicks


logicman
logicman

Did you see the pictures of the people at El Hefe wearing SOMBREROS?!?!?!?!?  I am deeply upset at bar patrons that are clearly mocking a culture.  I DEMAND that this bar be shut down immediately.  

Eliott Kroll
Eliott Kroll

Really, we think punishing some kids for doing something stupid by trying to ruin their lives with expulsions is the right way to go about this? Now who are the children?

Kal Varnson
Kal Varnson

I was right down the street. Im 42 and have four kids and it wasn't that big of a deal. life is too short for drama.

Jeff Turille
Jeff Turille

Activist prepares to forgive...after ASU takes action, the site of the offense is cleansed, the perpetrators crushed into dust, their mothers are informed via phone call, their fingers are broken, they are forced into all being "Communication" majors, clause is inserted into freedom of speech that excludes what HE wants, thirty hours of prayer and lots of media attention, and "I will not mimic black culture" is written on a dry erase board 40,000 times...twice. Forgiveness is awesome

Rebecca Rivera
Rebecca Rivera

These white students didnt't really think about their actions...They figured hey MLK day, thats a reason to get drunk and party! That will be our theme stereotyping blacks! Throw your theme parties everyday...Your IGNORANCE doesn't affect me but how stupid could you be to do this on MLK and represent ASU, a day of unity and peace. I don't blame the parents..The fratetnity shouldn't be suspended only those frat boys who participated...

Kandie Coldsmith
Kandie Coldsmith

Black people always get a free pass to mock other races and their excuse is slavery but they are not the only race who went through slavery. It's a blatant double standard. White people are so bound to the repercussions for the mistakes of some white people 100-200 years. They call America the melting pot but I clearly see a heavily divided plate.

bmarin1
bmarin1

Mapin is a fake civil rights activist. He has no legal authority for civil case and no power to conduct an effective boycott against ASU Athletics, which has nothing to do with the inappropriate fraternity party or victims of the party's intolerance. 


The MLK party that included intolerant behavior is wrong and preventative actions need to be taken to avoid future conduct of this nature on campuses everywhere. Mapin's outspoken demands for punishment against the guilty will perpetuate hate and intolerance in our community. His demands aim to ruin lives of the guilty and their family.


To spread a culture of tolerance we must disallow intolerance. Ask intolerant individuals to rethink their perspective by gaining new knowledge of contemporary intolerantance approaches, via mandatory cultural awareness programs for all parties involved at ASU. Expulsion of guilty students denies opportunity just as racism does. We can not punish hateful behavior with hateful punishment. We must show leadership, compassion, and patience to our college youth partaking socialy inappropriate events.  

protoslo1
protoslo1

@awakeningpeace Hmmmmm, I wonder if that quote is plagiarism from another source like his "I have a dream" speech, or maybe he was talking about love of the prostitutes he had brought to his motel room by his "associates" (Jesse James Jackson). Of course, it could be from the plagiarism of his thesis when given that bogus PhD. Well, who knows.

logicman
logicman

you are an idiot.  Shut up.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

As much as you bloviate KT, one would think you would learn the language.   "...you may not think that the kids done (sic) anything wrong...".

Additionally, you should learn to construct a sentence.

I know you won't know what I'm talking about, so ask a US citizen to explain it to you.  

robert_graham
robert_graham

@bmarin1 Yes, Maupin is an Al Sharpton wannabe. He is as fake as they come and is a race baiter same as Sharpton.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@fishingblues @david_saint01 @robert_graham @bmarin1 lol call me whatever you want..opinions vary, and they are like assholes..everyone has one, and they usually are shit. ps its funny, i doubt you even know which one of the numerous comments bobbi has posted full of racism. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@david_saint01 @robert_graham @bmarin1 Golly davie boy, if I call you a slime dog shit-stain, would you consider that "extreme racist  language"?

I know the "shit" is going to sue for defamation of character by being linked to you.

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