Racist Fraternity Joke Prompts Outrage at Duke | Inside Higher Ed


Greater than 20 scholar teams at Duke College are calling on the college to behave after a fraternity member made a racially insensitive joke about immigration, the NBC affiliate WRAL reported.

Selling an off-campus fraternity occasion, Alex Van Lanshot, a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, allegedly wrote in a bunch chat, “Need assistance crossing the border? Fortunate for you ADPhi has a couple of too many Latinos who’re extraordinarily expert at evading regulation enforcement. Be a part of us in [Tabor City]. Simply don’t get deported.”

Alpha Delta Phi is an off-campus fraternity that’s not affiliated with the college however is made up of Duke college students. Final 12 months, Alpha Delta Phi was amongst a group of fraternities that separated from the college’s interfraternity council and fashioned their very own council.

A number of Duke scholar organizations, together with Mi Gente, Duke’s largest Latinx scholar group, signed on to a letter making a number of calls for of the college, together with that it create a “peer judicial board” so college students can maintain one another accountable and set up extra techniques to permit for confidential peer reporting about Greek life.

“It’s each racist and classist to undermine and stereotype the experiences of Latinx college students and their households. This assertion criminalizes and dehumanizes Latin American immigrants while ignoring the hardships confronted by them,” the letter states.

In line with WRAL, an announcement from Alpha Delta Phi stated it “doesn’t condone racially insensitive language and doesn’t tolerate discrimination of any sort. We encourage our members at Duke to participate in range, fairness and inclusion instructional programming to higher perceive how their phrases and actions might be hurtful to others.”


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