The Xi-Lamda chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at the University of Georgia has been suspended after a video displaying fraternity members mocking slavery and using racial slurs went viral on social media.
The 30-second video shows one individual hitting another individual with a belt. One person is heard saying “Pick my cotton, bitch.” As many others in the background laugh, the phrase is repeated several times. A man’s voice is heard saying “You’re not using the right words,” followed by another voice saying “Nigger.”
According to the the university’s Student Government Association, “there is an investigation underway regarding the students involved in the video.” For now, the fraternity chapter is on temporary suspension.
The actions of these students have been condemned by both the national Tau Kappa Epsilon organization and university officials.
According to a release from national officials, the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity is “disgusted, appalled, and angered by the remarks shown in the video.”
“Racism has no place on our campus,” read a statement from the university. “We will continue our efforts to promote a welcoming and supportive learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff.”