Baylor suspends fraternity following 'racist' Mexican-themed party

  • Baylor suspends fraternity following 'racist' Mexican-themed party

Baylor suspends fraternity following 'racist' Mexican-themed party

During Saturday's "Cinco de Drinko" party, hosted by the university's Kappa Sigma frat, students, donning sombreros and serapes, "celebrated" Mexican culture by calling for a wall at the southern border. A bartender had painted his face brown, and two male students were dancing on tables dressed in bright orange and neon green construction vests.

As for how Baylor responded, in addition to suspending the frat, VP for student life Kevin Jackson released a statement, saying: "Baylor is committed to a Christian mission that actively supports a caring and diverse campus community, and we do not tolerate racism of any kind on our campus".

"Whenever you have people misrepresenting a culture, Mexicans don't dress like that, they don't dress like that".

'I understand that this party may not have been thrown with the intent of marginalizing a specific group, but with the recent election, I feel it is crucial that we do not proliferate discrimination based on societal misconceptions, ' Yzquierdo wrote in a letter to the university, urging the university to expel the student who was allegedly wearing brown face.

A student-led protest is planned for 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Officials from the national chapter of Kappa Sigma said in a statement that the allegations were "inconsistent" with its values and promised to address the findings of the investigation in an appropriate manner.

The Hispanic Student Association said in a Facebook post it was developing a "course of action plan" to prevent this from happening again in the 172-year-old institution.

"It's not a problem about political party", Moncada said.

Protestors requested mandatory cultural sensitivity classes and a public apology from the fraternity.

Ghali said this behavior is not representative of all students' beliefs.

"The Kappa Sigma Fraternity has learned of a social event that occurred with our Lambda-Tau Chapter at Baylor University at an off campus location on Saturday evening".

"I don't want us to have to keep walking every time something like this happens", Nkhama told the Waco Tribune.

"My dad is a painter and my mom, she cleans offices for a living", Rodriguez said.

"I'm just exhausted. I don't want to do this anymore", Nkhama told the Waco newspaper.

Baylor University is a private Baptist university in Waco, Texas. "We accomplish this by celebrating and strengthening inclusiveness, understandin, and acceptance of all members of the Baylor family regardless of race or ethnicity".