Gang violence is an epidemic across the globe, but a fraternity and sorority at Dartmouth University thinks gangs are a laughing matter. The Alpha Delta fraternity and Delta Delta Delta sorority at the New Hampshire Ivy League school co-hosted a “Bloods and Crips”-themed party on July 26th.
The Greek organizations encouraged guests to dress up as either a Blood or a Crip, and racialized language and speech was reportedly used. Alpha Delta, Tri-Delta and the university received major backlash from the party.
The Huffington Post reports: “A Dartmouth alum wrote on a message thread in the private group for the Afro-American Society, “We do not know if a hateful or offensive slur was said. However, it does not matter. The whole party was a offensive slur [sic].”
Both organizations have since apologized. Alpha Delta told The Dartblog:
Alpha Delta hosted a “Bloods and Crips Party” on the night of Friday, July 26th. The idea was never meant to be derogatory to any group, and was intended to introduce a costume theme to the party. While there was never any ill intent in the party’s theme, the brothers of Alpha Delta now realize that it was insensitive and thoughtless to make light of a very serious issue that affects many people nationwide, particularly young people. Gang violence is obviously an incredibly serious problem across America, and while we as a house failed to preemptively recognize the offensive nature of the party’s theme, the gravity of our oversight is now apparent to us.
Tri-Delta issued a statement to The Huffington Post, saying:
We would like to extend our sincerest apology to the Dartmouth community and all those offended by the inappropriately themed recent event in which some of our members participated. We will be working with the college and Tri Delta Executive Office in order to continue to educate our members regarding cultural sensitivity and awareness.
This trend of offensive parties and subsequent half-hearted apologies is getting old quickly. Let’s hope Dartmouth University holds these students accountable for their offensive and irresponsible mockery of gang violence.