Former FSU fraternity under fire over Instagram post

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By: Alicia Turner | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- An Instagram post is continuing to get a lot of reaction on social media. It shows members of former Florida State University fraternity Pi Kappa Phi dressed up in Mexican-style clothing.

Many students have weighed in, saying it wasn't just the picture that sparked their outrage, but the caption as well. The picture was posted with a caption that read, “We don’t pay cover or taxes.” Many students have called it insensitive and downright racist.

"I was kind of taken back," said one student.

Another student said, “I just think these are some guys doing some stupid stuff that they think is funny,"

"It's just stupid. Why would you do something like that? It definitively isn't funny and shouldn't be there in today's standards,” another student had to say.

Their thoughts were echoed by many other students, especially once they found out all of the people posing for the picture are members of the now-defunct Pi Kappa Phi.

"It’s really problematic, especially since these are college students, and they should be a little bit more educated than to post something that ignorant," said Julia Barrett.

The post went up Sunday and was taken down almost immediately after.

Natassia Janvier, president of the FSU chapter of the NAACP, explained that this is a matter that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

"No matter how big or little the level of discrimination is happening, we're going to call it out and we're going to do something about it," Janvier said.

The former fraternity was removed from the university by their national headquarters after the 2017 death of pledge Andrew Coffey.

Some students say enough is enough, and it's time the individuals be held accountable

"I feel like they're perpetuating the stereotype of frat guys," said Barrett.

The national chapter of Pi Kappa Phi released a statement on Monday, saying in part, “Pi Kappa Phi strongly condemns the actions and poor judgement shown by former members of the Florida State Chapter,”

“Minority groups, this is a time for us to come together and hold our ground for each other," said Natassia.

The Hispanic Latino Student Union also released a statement following the incident, saying it refuses to condone the actions. The university is currently looking into the situation.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
December 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- Officials with Florida State University are responding after a racist photo was posted to an Instagram page representing the now-defunct Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.

A spokesperson for FSU says the fraternity is no longer recognized by the university after having their charter pulled by the national chapter in November 2017.

The university's online scorecard lists the fraternity chapter as closed and dismissed for seven years, following the death of fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey.

Dr. Amy Hecht, Vice President for Student Affairs, released the following statement Monday afternoon:

"A recent social media post representing Pi Kappa Phi, a fraternity that was suspended by Florida State University, angered many as repugnant and insensitive to the Hispanic/Latino community and was in direct opposition to the university’s values. Clearly, there is more to be done to ensure all students feel welcomed and respected, and we are committed to continuing the work of creating an inclusive campus.

This group has inappropriately affiliated themselves with Florida State, and we will address that. Their statements do not reflect our Greek Life community, and it is unfortunate that a closed fraternity, not recognized by FSU or their national organization, is degrading the hard work and progress of our student leaders as they seek to positively shift the culture at FSU. We in the Division of Student Affairs encourage students to help us continue to transform our community. You can report incidents at report.fsu.edu."

On Monday, the Pi Kappa Phi national organization also responded to the incident.

“Pi Kappa Phi strongly condemns the actions and poor judgement shown by former members of the Florida State Chapter,” said Mark E. Timmes, Chief Executive Officer. “Pi Kappa Phi is proud to be a diverse fraternity that includes brothers from a wide variety of backgrounds, beliefs and orientations.”

The national organization says they are working with FSU and support an investigation into the actions of the former chapter members in the photograph.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
December 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- The NAACP is demanding Florida State University take action after some members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity posted a racist picture to their Instagram pages.

The picture shows some members of the fraternity dressed in stereotypical Mexican garb. One of the men posted the picture to their Instagram account with the caption, "We don't pay cover or taxes."

The NAACP released a statement to Florida State University saying, "We demand individual consequences be brought upon each participating member of the appropriation."



 
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