Illinois Students Get Offended Over Greek Spring Break Party, Deem It Racist

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A few pictures circulated via social media a few weeks ago when Acacia and Alpha Phi threw a spring break party. Since everyone has to be offended these days, some people got really, really upset over the following image.

What’s there to be offended about? Well, apparently the person in the sombrero, the two dudes dressed in traditional Arab keffiyehs, and someone wearing a Native America headdress. Students for Justice in Palestine, the Black Students for Revolution, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan and the Campus Union for Trans Equality and Support all joined forces to form “Not Just a Party at UIUC” (NJAP) in order to protest the photo. Why trans equality was included, I do not know.

Both parties issued a joint statement.

From Facebook:

The theme of the event captured in that picture was “Spring Break” and not meant to be rooted in racist sentiment. The girls dressed in TSA uniforms were dressed that way because these girls traveled to an airport to get to their spring break destination of Mexico where another girl, who is also pictured, purchased a souvenir sombrero that she is seen wearing. The individual suspected to be in a chief stance and Native American imagery is dressed as a peacock DJ from Cancun, and had no intentions of mocking an inappropriate mascot.

Unrelated to the theme, an Acacia member who is a first generation Syrian-American had one of his close friends visiting from out of town that is also Syrian. The member knew this friend from the time he spent attending an international school in Lebanon, and his friend now lives in Dubai. One of the biggest connections between the two is their Middle-Eastern heritage and they thought it would be appropriate to celebrate it by going out wearing keffiyehs, an article of clothing reflective of their Middle-Eastern heritage. When someone asked to take this picture, which was taken in the member’s home, the two happily obliged to squeeze in, totally unaware of what costume the girls behind them were wearing. This Acacia member is actively involved in the Syrian-American community and has even been interviewed multiple times about the struggles of being a Syrian-American in light of the given Syrian Crisis.

You can tell by the comment section that people felt this apology was not enough. So we live in a day and age where it’s racist to celebrate your own heritage because people don’t care enough. People just have to be pissed over something.

Illinois student, Muhammad Yousuf, is one of the members who is outraged over the incident. He was informed of the statement being released before it was actually released. Alpha Phi and Acacia told him that they did not intend to be racist, but Yousuf didn’t believe them because there was no proof of that… just like there is no proof that they were being racist.

The only reason this is being blown out of proportion at Illinois is because it involves Greek life. If this was done by a few people outside of Greek life, it would be a non-story that wouldn’t even hit social media. People might even find it kind of funny.

[via Facebook, Daily Illini]

Image via YouTube

    1. Tryhards_Suck

      Lord this article was out for a solid minute before you posted a comment. How much do fake internet points mean to you?

      8 years ago at 4:03 pm
      1. Keep It Buttery

        You seem to be super interested in what I’m doing. Why don’t you go punch yourself in the face?

        8 years ago at 4:04 pm
    2. PrezMorningWood

      Muhammad Yousuf is one of the biggest social justice boners on this campus. Fuck that guy.

      8 years ago at 9:06 pm
    3. Ticklemyfrock

      I had an Uber driver this weekend from Ethiopia. He said America is the best country in the world because you can say anything you want. All the pussies complaining were raised here and have nothing to complain about. They need a dose of reality.

      8 years ago at 12:30 pm
  1. 144agemo

    If you’re gonna dress as TSA agents, go all the way and break out the strip and cavity searches

    8 years ago at 4:04 pm
  2. DougDimmadome

    Kinda sad these people have nothing better to do than complain about this shit.

    8 years ago at 4:26 pm
  3. JohnnieWalker_Blue

    America isnt for the easily offended. These people would piss their pants and cry if they ever set foot in an Italian/irish/Polish neighborhood and heard the names they call each other. Fuck I miss Pittsburgh

    8 years ago at 4:29 pm
      1. JohnnieWalker_Blue

        What does HTP mean? Back home it means “hitting the pussy” but the context just isn’t quite there.

        8 years ago at 5:59 pm
  4. SkinnyWhiteGuy

    We should split this country up into two, one half for people who are sensitive of other people’s cultures and feelings, the other for people who aren’t pussies.

    8 years ago at 4:33 pm
    1. PiKappaAsshole

      We tried that back in 1861. Some people didn’t appreciate it too much. It might actually work nowadays though, solely on account of the fact that we could call it a national “safe space” and maybe they’d all go.

      8 years ago at 10:56 pm
      1. fratsohardUn1versity

        It would work for us…seeing is how liberals can only survive of the very societies they shit on. Id love to see them go to one of these POC countries they worship and be like this

        8 years ago at 11:39 pm
  5. Wildcard Bitches

    This would be like an American who studies abroad in Europe getting pissed at me for going to Europe and raging balls in American attire. Fucking pathetic.

    8 years ago at 4:34 pm
  6. The Mighty Fratticus

    Welcome to school in Illinois, where Partygras is deemed sexist…

    8 years ago at 4:45 pm
  7. ShockTop

    To this day I don’t understand how a sombrero is offensive. They’re a functional piece of headwear that nobody who complains about them has ever worn in their life…

    8 years ago at 5:14 pm
  8. GeebsNotGeeds

    Who the fuck joins these insane and obnoxious groups? I swear there are more “equality” groups in this country than there are people.

    8 years ago at 7:32 pm