Dartmouth Sorority Succumbs To Protestors, Cancels Annual Kentucky Derby Theme Party


Kappa Delta Epsilon at Dartmouth University has hosted a Kentucky Themed party every year for as long as I can remember. It’s a pretty good theme. It allows girls to dress like they’re going to the track without actually traveling to the event (although everyone should make the trip at some point) and it allows guys to drink all the Mint Juleps.

Until last year, that is, when “black lives matter” protestors stood outside the party last year and chanted that they are part of the problem. Well, that protest was enough to spark change for KDE. On Tuesday night, the sorority voted heavily in favor of changing the theme to Woodstock because Kentucky Derby was thought to be racist and elitist (these kids go to one of the most expensive schools in the country, by the way).

From The Dartmouth:

KDE vice president Nikol Oydanich ’17 said that after speaking to last year’s protestors as well as individuals in the Afro-American Society, the sorority wanted to change the theme because of its racial connotations.

“[It is] related to pre-war southern culture,” she said. “Derby was a party that had the power to upset a lot of our classmates.”

How can a Kentucky Derby-themed party be associated with pre-war southern culture? The Kentucky Derby wasn’t run until 10 years after the Civil War. In fact, the Derby came about when Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. traveled to England in 1872 and watched their famous Derby and thought, “Hey that’s a great idea. America should do it. Only better.” So the Derby was born in 1875, where blacks dominated the jockey game until being banned from tracks in 1904.

With this new information, I hope Kappa Delta Epsilon will listen to my generous offer: $1,000 to still throw the party anyway (photo and video proof needed). Think about it, get back to me, and make the right decision.

[via The Dartmouth]

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  1. Michael G Scott

    The national rhetoric will change once we have a President who isn’t afraid to tell people they are all dicked up. Trumpcity

    8 years ago at 10:23 am
    1. BillyQuantrill

      Here’s an idea. Instead of chastising KDE for throwing a party celebrating “pre-Civil War southern culture”, perhaps #BLM should throw a party celebrating “post-Great Society urban culture”. Everyone comes to the taxpayer-funded party fatherless, unemployed, uneducated, previously-incarcertaed, and all carrying illegal weapons.

      Or is that reality just too painful to acknowledge? In other words, #BLM can kiss my ass.

      8 years ago at 10:44 am
      1. MrStealDornsMom

        Mad respect for your username man- Quantrill was a fucking savage and too little people know about him

        8 years ago at 2:02 pm
    1. The Sixth Year

      How do these people have nothing better to do than sit outside a sorority party and protest the theme? Jesus Christ. Do something you fucking bums. Maybe study to better your lives instead of complaining and wasting your college money, or throw your own party for fun? No, not enough attention.

      8 years ago at 11:20 am
    2. RisingFratstarOfTX

      They can try all they want. I’ve got nothing to be ashamed of. I’ll gladly stand in the protestors’ way and do the whitest things possible. I will not let them oppress me.

      8 years ago at 11:56 am
  2. 144agemo

    Then I guess Olympic themed parties will be protested since winter Olympics are “white elitist.”

    8 years ago at 10:26 am
    1. Henry_Eighth

      The first Olympians were nude so, yeah, I’m all in favor of an Olympics theme party. Who wants to go as Bruce Jenner?

      8 years ago at 11:20 am
      1. MrStealDornsMom

        People downvoting ^ make me sick. Regardless of his postwar legacy Nathan Bedford Forrest was a fucking boss in the war and deserves respect

        8 years ago at 12:48 pm
      2. Rob Fox

        As a military mind (more specifically a cavalry mind), yes. But that’s about it.

        8 years ago at 2:06 pm
      3. MrStealDornsMom

        Right on Bacon. Shit you might be the only person on the TFM staff who isn’t severely mentally handicapped. Too bad you’re so pale and ugly you could be mistaken for demon spawn

        8 years ago at 2:12 pm
  3. Jemarcus Russell

    Only in 2016 could this shit be a real story. The safe space kids are going to get thrashed in the real world.

    8 years ago at 10:26 am
  4. JackDawson

    In the spirit of this, I humbly request we stop calling cottage cheese and notebook paper “white.” That’s OUR word.

    8 years ago at 10:29 am
    1. Luke_Fratwalker

      I also request all black people stop using the N word. Cultural appropriation should be respected across the board, and that to was OUR word.

      8 years ago at 10:40 am
      1. ProLiberty

        This shit is gonna get even worse if Hilldawg makes it into front office. Someone needs to put a nuke in her sniz.

        8 years ago at 10:57 am
      2. JoeyBartonFaF

        I doubt that actually. Wild Bill went scorched earth on those BLM imbeciles yesterday. As much as I dislike Hillary, at least she is garnering no support from those clowns

        8 years ago at 11:07 am
      3. MrStealDornsMom

        Agreed. I gained a lot of respect for Bill when he refused to pander to those imbeciles

        8 years ago at 12:52 pm
      4. 1488_white

        Your labeling his speech as ‘refused to pander’ is the definition of a cuckservative declaration.

        8 years ago at 7:59 pm
  5. AsianSnu

    At this point, the race card should just be invalid because it’s just getting thrown around like yard furniture after a party

    8 years ago at 10:35 am
    1. HighHorseRights

      Not to be a jerk. One of your comments said that “resting bitch face turns you on”, Asian guy…

      8 years ago at 8:49 am
  6. East Coast

    In related news, there has been a nationwide ban on cotton clothing because it is reminiscent of pre war styles and aggressions

    8 years ago at 10:38 am