University of Georgia fraternity expels 4 members over racist video

Frats: What parents & students should know

A University of Georgia fraternity has been suspended after a video circulated that appeared to show fraternity members using racial slurs. The video posted online on Friday shows a member whipping another member with a belt and saying “Pick my cotton, (expletive),” with the phrase being repeated and followed by a racial slur.

On Friday, Georgia’s Student Government Association released a statement to the student body saying it was aware of the video and that the fraternity has been identified and suspended. “We have been notified that the chapter is currently suspended, and we can confirm that there is an investigation underway regarding the students involved in the video,” the statement read. Tau Kappa Epsilon’s Xi-Lambda chapter has since been identified as the chapter whose members appear in the video.

The chapter’s national branch has taken swift action and expelled four fraternity members who have since been identified in the video. In a statement published Saturday on Twitter, Tau Kappa Epsilon’s national organization said they are “disgusted, appalled and angered by the remarks show in in a video of four expelled members. TKE will not tolerate any actions such as that would be defined as racist, discriminatory and/or offensive”

The university also released a statement about the incident, condemning the language and actions shown in the video. “The University of Georgia condemns racism in the strongest terms. Racism has no place on our campus. We will continue our efforts to promote a welcoming and supportive learning environment for our students, faculty and staff. The fraternity has been suspended by its national organization.

“Whenever we receive complaints of racist or discriminatory conduct, we refer such matters to our Equal Opportunity Office in accordance with applicable laws and policies.”

Tau Kappa Epsilon is a national collegiate men’s social fraternity founded in 1899. It has 240 active chapters and colonies and over 285,000 initiated members. The fraternity’s motto is “Better Men for a Better World.”

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