An incident at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) has sparked the debate once again about whether or not White people can or should use the N-word. A member of the UNH Alpha Phi sorority shot video of a party where they were dancing and singing along to Kanye West’s ‘Gold Digger.’ The clip featured the women actually saying the word ‘n*gga’ at the end of the hook:
“(She give me money) Now I ain’t sayin’ she a gold digger/(When I’m in need) But she ain’t messing with no broke n*gga,” the song goes.
A member of Alpha Phi Sorority put up this video of girls singing along to Gold Digger by Kanye West on her Instagram story. The girls sing the n-word without thinking of the implications.This is a showcase of ignorance and that the Panhellenic Council should do better in combating racism. The first step is addressing willful ignorance. #RacistUNH University of New Hampshire
Posted by All Eyes on UNH on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
What appeared to be a private party was made public when the video was uploaded to a Snapchat story and then shared by a campus watchdog Facebook page called “All Eyes on UNH.” The group found the video offensive and called on the Panhellenic Council to address these kinds of incidents.
“A member of Alpha Phi Sorority put up this video of girls singing along to Gold Digger by Kanye West on her Instagram story. The girls sing the n-word without thinking of the implications,” the post reads. “This is a showcase of ignorance and that the Panhellenic Council should do better in combating racism. The first step is addressing willful ignorance. #RacistUNH”
No Disciplinary Action
There were Black and White students alike who found the video thoughtless and insensitive to say the least. They expected UNH to investigate the matter as promised, but that’s not happening.
“The students have apologized and will play an active role in working to improve our campus culture as we move forward,” UNH spokesman said in an email. “We will continue to work to ensure every member of our community feels inspected.”
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Speaking on behalf of school officials, Mantz says that the women demonstrated poor judgment and won’t be disciplined. The Eta Alpha Chapter president has issued a letter of apology and plans to investigate the matter themselves.
“We appreciate and understand the discontent and unease that the use of such words can inflict on a community and we are deeply sorry for this act of willful ignorance and lack of consideration for our peers and colleagues,” Chapter President Megan Shields wrote. “These actions do not represent Alpha Phi’s values and we do not condone this type of behavior by our members.”
So what do you think? Is singing along to a song that uses racial slurs okay for White people? Should these women have just kept the video footage private? Should the university do more to condemn the sorority’s behavior? Are the offended students being taken seriously? What would you do? Sound off in the comments!