WKU sorority members videoed singing song lyrics with racial slur
UPDATE: As of 6:15 p.m. Tuesday a group of students are protesting Kappa Delta Shenanigans at The SkyPAC. The event is a variety show in which many Greek organizations participate.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – In the past few weeks, videos have surfaced of members of two different sororities at Western Kentucky University singing song lyrics that include the use of racial slurs.
The first incident involved members of Alpha Zi Delta.
Caucasian girls can be seen in the video singing along to Saweetie’s “My Type” during what appears to be a party inside an apartment. The lyrics they sing along to involve the use of a racial slur multiple times in the roughly six-second video, which was posted to Twitter.
The tweet was posted on Aug. 30 and has since been viewed nearly 44,000 times.
A similar incident occurred on Aug. 20 during a bid day celebration at Chi Omega, which included a member posting a video to the sorority’s Snapchat story which included her singing lyrics to the song “Act Up” by City Girls, which also included the use of a racial slur, according to WKU Director of Media Relations Bob Skipper.
Both incidents were brought to the attention of university officials.
“Our initial response was that our student activities folks went and talked to the chapters themselves to let them know how these videos could be perceived,” said Skipper.
No disciplinary action was taken against any of the students involved, or against their respective chapters, but the university said they’ve used these incidents as a teaching moment for each sorority.
“We were using this as an educational tool to let them know that while they might have thought this was funny, some people might not perceive it that way,” said Skipper. “I don’t think there was any ill intentions in these incidents. Sometimes how we perceive something is not how it’s perceived by others.”
Skipper added that these were isolated incidents and do not reflect the student body as a whole.
“This was just an incident with a few students,” he said. “I don’t think it’s indicative of our student population as a whole.”
To ensure something like this doesn’t happen again, the university is taking proactive measures by speaking to leaders within the school’s organizations to address this issue.
“We’ve already met through roundtables with some of the chapter presidents and with some of the other organizations as a whole to talk about some of these issues,” said Skipper. “Those conversations are already in place and will continue.”
The university hopes the message they’re trying to get across resonates with these students.
“They’re here to learn and this is a learning experience for them,” Skipper said. “That’s how we try to approach it as a teachable moment for them.”