On the way to a philanthropy event Tuesday, sorority sisters and fraternity brothers from Western Kentucky University were met with protesters demanding removal of Alpha Xi Delta from campus over a video showing members using a racial slur.

The six-second video posted to Twitter on Aug. 30 shows some Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD) members using the N-word three times while singing part of the song “My Type” by Saweetie.

WKU spokesman Bob Skipper told the Daily News the university discovered the video the day it was posted but took “some time” to ensure the students were from WKU.

Once confirmed, sorority leadership and the chapter president met with WKU student activities staff to discuss “how the video could be considered offensive.”

He said WKU decided not to take any action because “there was no malice in the sorority’s action. They were (singing) lyrics to a song at a party, not directing insults toward anyone. This was considered an opportunity to teach and any discipline was left up to the sorority’s national organization.”

Student Government Association member Symone Taqwa Whalin said she and others decided to form a protest at the Kappa Delta Chapter “Shenanigans” fundraising event because they did not agree with how the incident was handled.

“(WKU) chose to use it as a ‘learning opportunity,’ ” Whalin said. “But we’re 18, 20, 21 years old, we had enough time to learn. If you keep pushing it back as a learning opportunity, it keeps breeding racism. … You know the implications of that word by now, even if it’s in a song.”

The video was originally posted to Snapchat by an AXiD member, but another person screen-recorded and posted it to Twitter, according to Whalin.

As of Wednesday, the video has more than 43,000 views, 700 likes and 300 retweets.

“Initially it wouldn’t have been that big of a deal if they got punished and (AXiD) were like, ‘we’re sorry for our actions,’ ” Whalin said. “(But) if WKU wants to actually show that they care about minority students, they will stop letting continuous instances of racism happen.”

She noted that four members of Delta Zeta at the University of Miami were kicked out of the sorority last year after a video uploaded to social media showed them saying the N-word while singing the song “Freaky Friday” by Chris Brown and Lil Dicky.

As the sun went down Tuesday outside the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, protesters held signs that read “N-word is not your word“ and “Bob Skipper Act!” while yelling chants including “AZD seems racist to me.”

Members of the Greek community were advised not to engage with the protesters, according to Whalin, but some others passing by laughed and cursed at them.

Whalin said she also recently learned WKU did not take action over another video posted to Snapchat 10 days before the first video showing an individual member of Chi Omega using a racial slur while singing the song “Act Up” by City Girls.

Skipper confirmed WKU discovered that video the day it was posted and again found it was not made with “malice” and left any disciplinary action up to the national organization. But this time student activities staff talked about the potential offensive nature of the video with the sorority chapter president and members, not leadership.

He said both videos were cases “in which students were singing the lyrics to a song without considering how the lyrics could be considered offensive” and he’s unaware of any similar occurrences in the past.

Both national organizations for AXiD and Chi Omega did not immediately respond to phone and email requests for comment Wednesday.

Whalin said Kappa Delta members who organized the philanthropy event invited her to teach a workshop about why she protested and how the videos are a problem.

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loch

Absolutely adore the way coverage like this brings all the bigots out of the woodworks.



Imagine being so hurt that racist actions (almost!) had consequences...but it’s the protestors who are “snowflakes”? without a hint of irony..lol

Absolutely Positively

I oppose the use of the word in question by any person for any reason. If you think it's worse for one race to use a word that you give another race a pass for using, we have a word for you.

Enough Already

Perception is everything. I perceive you are virtue signaling like the boot licker you are.

Enough Already

What we have here is an overly sensitive black snowflake with a chip on her shoulder actively looking for a way to take offense. She is upset because "whitey" dared to say the ultimate black insult word, "nig**r. The difference is, "whitey" is singing lyrics to a song without intended malice composed by a black person who intended it to be an insult to his own race. Get over it. No one cares.

P.S.

Don't let me catch you using the word "whitey" unless your singing it in a song composed by a white person because that word is reserved for white people exclusively.



Funny how the BG Daily News considers the "N" word profanity but allows all white people to be "profaned" by the use of the word "whitey". When you succumb to the politically correct speech police you are a coward...

Absolutely Positively

I just looked at the lyrics. My concern is for Ms. Whalin. She doesn't have a problem with the fourteen, yes FOURTEEN, people who composed this intelligent lyrical masterpiece. She doesn't have a problem with the young lady who recorded it. She doesn't have a problem with the people who sell it or the people who buy it. She doesn't have a problem with people enjoying it. Unless they are white and choose to sing it.



If it's a song with some deep, meaningful context and someone is mocking it either via ignorance or spite, that's worthy of discussion. No, this is a case of someone desperate to find offense. She isn't taken seriously and doesn't deserve to be.

Smh491

Whoever uses the word is ignorant whether you're black white green or red i didn't realize people still said "of color". The word has been debated for years on if it should be used or who should use it etc. We all know its wrong so why open up doors that don't need to be. The same way they are saying it without consequences is the same way protesters should have the right to protest without being cursed at. I wonder if one of the sorority members would walk in a black club or neighborhood singing the lyrics to "Act Up"?

fj1200a

What a joke, Maybe the protesters need to start with the people of color(or what description they prefer) that write/sing these trashy songs. The protesters have a lot to learn as they go through life complaining about this when their own color can say the dreaded n word all they want and no one else of any other skin color can say it out loud. Protest the rap music industry.

Smh491

I think its dumb for anyone to say it black white red yellow green etc i wasn't aware "of color" was still being used but the word is an ignorant word period people have to use their own common sense i mean they're singing it at a party but would they go to a black neighborhood and walk around singing it alone?

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