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“Racist” Sorority Photo Stirs Up Trouble On Facebook

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A photo of a Penn State sorority has gone viral after a member posted it to Facebook and tagged other girls in it, and now the school is receiving some backlash over the content.

The photo shows the girls of Chi Omega Nu dressed in ponchos and sombreros for what they called a “Mexican fiesta” themed party around Halloween, complete with mustaches and hand-lettered signs which read, “Will mow lawn for weed and beer” and “I don’t cut grass, I smoke it”. The photo made the rounds on Facebook, with some calling it racist, and has now landed the sorority in some hot water under the backlash. Vice President of the Mexican American Student Association, Cesar Sanchez Lopez, issued a statement regarding the sorority’s choice of attire.

“The Mexican American Student Association is disappointed in the attire chosen by this sorority. It in no way represents our culture. Not only have they chosen to stereotype our culture with serapes and sombreros, but the insinuation about drug usage makes this image more offensive. Our country is plagued by a drug war that has led to the death of an estimated 50,000 people, which is nothing to be joked about.”

The sorority is now under investigation and has issued a statement about the incident:

“Our chapter of Chi Omega sincerely apologizes for portraying inappropriate and untrue stereotypes. The picture in question does not support any of Chi Omega’s values or reflect what the organization aspires to be.”

The college has had its share of controversy in the past year with the Jerry Sandusky/Joe Paterno investigation, so any news which can be construed as shedding a bad light on the school is sure to gain some detractors. Twitter has been abuzz today as users share their thoughts on whether the photo should be taken as a racist insult.

Of course, this isn’t the first time someone has gotten themselves into trouble with a photo posted to Facebook; earlier this year, a Kentucky man uploaded a picture of himself stealing gas from a police car. Needless to say, it didn’t go over well. Also this year, a man beat a disabled person to death, took video of it, and uploaded it to the social media site.

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  • Shaynan

    To everyone out there that keeps pinpointing the Asian females in this picture – and suggesting there may be students of other minorities present – and asking, “What about them? They aren’t white,” you don’t have to be white to be racist. There are plenty of minorities with racial prejudices against other races. Being a minority does not make a person exempt from racism. Secondly, Mexico did not screw up their country. The United States did when it stole the most fertile and profitable land from Mexico – Texas, California, New Mexico. So, before anymore of you ignorant, hate mongering fools speak again, read a history book and open your eyes to the hate and prejudices that are still perpetrated every day.

  • savannah

    The signs. . . why? I personally would not participate in that at all. Those signs should have said something in spanish that everyone knows I mean there are so many things that would be funny and wAy less offensive that I could think of, I mean even just leave off the beer and weed part and it would be so much better. who ever came up with what to write on those signs was angry and prejudice againt mexicans I think. Not cool. I’m glad to see some of you who are mexican aren’t offended but with all do respect you should be! I say take a stand and don’t be ok with this at all.

    • D

      You stupid kiss A**!

      • chad

        D, you’re late for your klan meeting.

  • No PC here

    Veloura,the white people? I see why you got smacked down,you are what you seek to label others,a bigot and hypocrite,and Speedy G. You have it right,years ago i picked produce along side many temp.green card workers in California [1969=70] and most if not all told me “God bless the USA for letting them come here to work” They sent money back home to try and make a difference,and look what a sewer Mexico has become,we are a drop spot for felons and anchor babies,id say the guilty white folks and our POLITICIANS are the real racists,poverty and discrimination for all!!

  • Jon Burk

    What’s next no Toga parties, you might offend the Greeks.
    The more important question is how many Spanish immigrants
    are members of the sorority (assuming they make up a reasonable
    percentage of the student body). If the answer is none, that
    is the issue. I guess I will be offended on St. Patrick’s
    day when people dress as elf’s, wear top hats and signs saying
    kiss me I’m Irish. I do take issue with the signs which are in
    poor taste, but who ever said all sorority girls were rocket scientist.
    The same girls who made those signs would walk over broken glass for a date with Enrique Iglesias.

    • Natalia

      Wow for generalizations. Dumb photo. Racist signs. Ignorant comment. In my personal opinion, the picture is offensive. But in different ways.
      The attire, yeah whatever, silly college parties. Might be poor taste, but neither intentionally hateful nor racist.

      The signs, very racist by assuming Mexicans only mow lawns and smoke. Probably not intentionally hateful, but still racist.

      Your comments, very derogatory & stereotypical. Insinuating that they are stupid is a huge generalization. Everyone does dumb things in college and when in large groups, that may happen more often. But a majority of the most influential people in this century have come from a Fraternity or Sorority. Last I checked, Penn State (as well as most colleges) still require intelligence and hard work to get into and stay in.
      PS- I am neither Mexican, nor a Penn State student/alumni. But I am one of those sorority girls… and I happen to be a rocket scientist (Chemical Engineer).

  • unknown

    All the comments about “if you don’t like it then move back to Mexico”, really? If we did, then who will raise all the white kids in this country, build America’s roads, buildings, do all the other jobs that WHITE America is too lazy to do. Mowing lawns is an easy way to become rich because so many WHITE families are too lazy to cut their own lawn. I have no problem with the attire these girls wore, but the signs are offensive. You white people like it if we classified them all as Redneck or Trailer trash with signs like, “I got my sister pregnant” or “i lost my virginity to my sheep”

    • D

      Right. It is the mexican whores in mexico that have sex with donkeys on stage.

    • Pete

      Trujillo is entirely correct. This is a STOLEN country, and furthermore, it was stolen by a race of people who seem to have felt throughout history to be entitled to take anything that they are strong enough, or rich enough to acquire. Of course what these nitwits at Penn State did was racist, but they feel entitled to behave in any way they see fit. Racism is as American as Baseball.

  • http://Yahoo Kim R Trujillo

    Of course its RACIST, but they know all they have to do is say “we’re sorry” and its ok. Someone mentioned its a free country, WRONG!, its a stolen country that has’nt been paid for! Aboriginal people will never forget our HOLOCAUST. PENN state USA, what would one expect!

    • D

      Yeah Trujillo is a real indian name. Sounds like the other White language from Europe. Spanish. Get a life dork.

  • Ed E

    First off: It is racist,the Asian and African American girl in this picture should be aspecially ashamed of themselves.
    Secondly:Roscoe your a douche.
    Thirdly:Anyone who finds disrespecting people as fun are truly immature jack****
    Nothing will happen to these bimbos they’ll get their degrees marry millionare and become trophy wives, Scary is they are the future.
    and Forth:Roscoe your a douche.

  • David

    Let it go!!! Only people of that race can make fun of themselves, the “n” word can only be used by Afro-americans…etc…only a hispanic can call himself a “Mexican, chuy, pancho, etc..get my drift…too much political correctness.
    But you have to remember this go back to our great grand parent days when minorities were treated just a “little” bit less than others…Hell I was anglo when I was in school now I’m hispanic!!!!
    Laugh a little more; there are more important things too worry about than a stupid picture coming from a “higher school of learning” “WOW”

  • coach

    are you kidding racist ? get a life you losers….it’s young people having fun….wanna bet there are latino girls in that group,,,go away and hug some trees….JERKS !!

    • http://Yahoo Kim R Trujillo

      You’re not really a PENN STATE coach, are you ?

  • Insightful

    WE ARE…PENN STATE! WE ARE…PENN STATE! WE ARE….TRYING TO GET VOTED INTO THE D.A.R.

  • Jim

    I admit it was an insensitive photo, but in all fairness I know a few “natural born American citizens” who would be willing to mow your lawn for beer, and weed. Lighten up people. Being “thin skinned” only leads to more “politically incorrect” behavior.

  • turnerwred

    PENN, IF THOSE FEMALES, THE SUBJECT OF PENN’S CURRENT F/B FRENZY, REFLECT THE PREVAILING ATTITUDE OF YOUR STUDENT BODY, YOU NEED HELP,IMMEDIATELY, FROM THOSE OF US WHO WERE TEENAGERS IN THE 60′S!!! I OFFER MY BROAD BACKGROUND AND EXPERTISE IN MATTERS SUCH AS RACE, DIVERSITY, U.S HISTORY, ETC. CONTACT ME, IF INTERESTED. I’M CERTAIN YOU HAVE PERSONNEL FULLY CAPABLE OF REACHING ME AND MAKING A REASONABLE OFFER.

  • Robert Llamas

    One more incident,that proves ropacism inst dead. But alive and well! It is proven racism is a taught behavior. Im sure the University doesnt have a class teaching such behavior. Racism hurts people and causes nothing but bad feelings and trouble.

  • Doug

    If only they had the presence of mind to hold up signs advocating the legalization of marijuana instead of celebrating the Mexican people’s fondness fo rit, the liberals would have no choice but to be on their side…

  • Joe Johnson

    These girls are definitely pretty. At least they got one aspect of Mexicans correct.

  • turnerwred

    SINCE I DON’T INDULGE, I MUST POST THIS DISCLAIMER OR CORRECT MY POST: ALLEGEDLY, ALLEGEDLY! THE BEST STUFF IS GROWN AT OLE MISS, RATHER THAN CANADA. OF COURSE, WE BOTH MIGHT BE WRONG. CALI IS COMING ON STRONG, ACCORDING TO RECENT MEDIA REPORTS. THEY EVEN HAVE CANDY AND DESIGNER POT FOR SPECIFIC CLIENTELE, I’M TOLD!!!

  • Jerry

    It’s always easy to have fun at the expense of those who are differnt.

  • leah

    You mean white people are racist? Who knew..

  • leah

    Yet if you insult a white person they get offended LOL

  • D

    Who cares? Yawn. In the meantime the unemployment rate is through the roof.

    • pedro

      For the stupid liberals everything is racist. Get a fricken life!

  • Mike0oSS

    My kinda GRRLZ

    • Stacy

      And what are you doing to stop the nukes, Dwayne?

      I love it when people give some dopey response about how we’re not supposed to be outraged by this because something “more serious” is happening elsewhere.

  • Dwane

    Who cares, get thick skin and get on with your life, parts of the middle east are getting nuke bombs and would like the U.S gone and this article is a big deal, I don’t think so.

  • Chuck

    I have Mexican Friends that would think this is way more ignorant than offensive and it is very ignorant!

  • ICYNDICEY

    GIVE ME A FU**ING BREAK!!! They are college girls. What did you expect…ambassadors from the UN? I am so over all this politically correct BULLSH**! And that is exactly what it is. If most white people knew what most Mexicans said about them behind their backs…they’d never hire them to mow their lawns or scrub their floors again

    • Bill

      Correct.

  • http://WWW.WEBPRONEWS.COM TIMOTHY WARD

    1. FOR MEXICO TO HAVE A DRUG WAR THEN THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE TO STOP SUPPORTING THE DRUG DEALERS AND STOP HIDING CRIMINALS ESCAPING FROM U.S. JUSTICE. SINCE THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT IS SO INEPT MAYBE WE SHOULD CONCENTRATE OUR MILITARY RESOURCES IN CLEANING UP THAT COUNTRY, THEN MAYBE PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTUALLY LEGAL TO WORK IN U.S. CAN GET A JOB,INSTEAD OF WASTING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON A WAR OVERSEAS THAT IS UNWINABLE.
    2. WHY DO WE HAVE MEXICAN AMERICAN, AFRICAN AMERICAN AND EVERY OTHER KIND OF ?-AMERICAN ASSOCIATIONS BUT WHITE AMERICAN ASSOCIATIONS ARE CONSIDERED HATE GROUPS. REAL Americans NEED TO WAKE UP AND LOOK WHATS HAPPENING TO THIS COUNTRY WE NEARLY WIPED OUT AN ENTIRE CULTURE AND ENSLAVED ANOTHER TO BUILD INTO THE EMPIRE IT WAS 10 YEARS AGO BEFORE THERE IS NOTHING LEFT TO SAVE. AMERICANS FOR AMERICA SHALL ENDURE.

  • Chuck

    Appears that the “Young Lady” on the front row 4th from the left may be Hispanic………….just saying!

  • Grasshopper

    Oh please, do we always have to play the race card, they are college kids for christ sakes. Why dont you report something worth reading. Waste of time and space!!!! Crybabies!!!

    • jfoster

      You’re exactly right these are college girl’s and they should know better.It’s people like you who raise children who think it’s o.k. to poke fun at people or condone negative stereotype’s.This chapter should have their license revoked and these air head girl’s suspended from school.Perhaps they can come to your house and you can give give private lessons on how to further their racist attitudes

      • Bill

        Waaaaahhhhh!

  • Chuck

    It’s just Girls that want to have Fun!

  • Cotton Hill

    Wah Wah Wah, cry me a river. How come there is no out cry every March 17th ? Making fun of Irish people is no differnet.

    Cut my grass, Taco

    • Marisa Ramirez

      My name isn’t Taco….it’s Nacho, fool.

    • david delacour

      your first name is quite appropriate, like someone who can’t wait for the linen sale at BB&Beyond- sheets 40% off- why don’t you go burn a cross,i’m sure you have a lot of practice,if you want to seceed, i’ll happily sign the petition- it might surprise you to learn that all white men aren’t racist goons as you do seem to write like one-sad case, dude-seek help immediately-

  • pete valencia

    what do you expect from white trash? they don’t respect anything except the handouts from their parents.

    • al catraz

      Oh Seees-co.. lol get a life Pete.

  • http://yahoo merai

    I,m a mexican and I personally think the picture is adorable
    there’s so many cute girls there. I think it’s funny and comical.
    I have a big sombrero like the ones in the
    picture and I wear it in the summer when it’s hot and I go to the park. I’m so tired of the word RACIST noone can have fun anymore
    without some insecure, imature person starting trouble.

    • Bill

      Serious chill time required here. The girls were goofing around-I don;t think they meant to hurt anybody. As Merai said, “No one can have some fun, or make a joke without some insecure, immature person starting trouble.” As a 58 year old white guy, I am an easy target for EVERYONE whoever had a complaint about the US since 1776. Usually, I shrug it off or ignore it, but once in a while, I like to say” “Yeah maybe so. But if it sucks so badly here, why don’t you go back to that cesspool you came from?” That usually ends the conversation.

  • http://roadrunner.com dee

    I agree they are stupid. I wont hire them

  • http://yahoo merai

    Chuck, you are the one that’s ignorant grow up and stop
    being so low self steem, get out of the box you’re in and start
    living life to the fullest. life without fun is not living.

  • george

    PENN STATE, THE HOME OF CHILD MOLESTERS AND RACIST, WHAT A UNIVERSITY.

  • Marisa Ramirez

    This is racist? Chill out people. Laugh at yourselves every once in a while, it doesn’t hurt, promise. It contains certain stereotypes but I don’t think it’s really racist. They are bratty little sorority girls having fun, oh well. I think it’s funny as hell.

    • Major Wood

      Thank You, Ms. Ramirez. Your last name qualifies your opinion. You are either Latina by birth or by marriage. The Latinos I know don’t have time to worry about silly shit like this. They are too busy living the dream and climbing the economic ladder. If it weren’t for the NOT funny signs, there’s nothing wrong with having a Mexican themed party. Is Cinco de Mayo racist? Is St Patrick’s day racist? The irony is; you would be far more likely to find a bag of weed on a college kid (any race) than on one of our Hispanic brothers and sisters.

  • jake

    Like to see their tacos

  • Jerry Davis

    A closer look at the photograph reveals the group contains whites, Asians, African Americans and Hispanics. Now that is a racist group!!

  • S

    It is blatant. Its not subtle,at all. If they dressed as AAm pimps and prostitutes Or NativeAm in head dress, drinking 40′s or in wheel chairs babbling with contorted movements with girls dressed as nurses pushing them around, WOULD THE PICTURE BE CLEARER?! This is why community service/ service learning should be manditory from 6th grade through graduate school. You can not have empathy for others if you are always in the minority but not a minority. And no matter, that caucasians will soon be THE Minority, its stunts like this that justifies their choice to show out in the first place. This is what is going to makes this country OBSOLETE!Shame on us that young people are so BLIND TO THE KARMIC AFFECT OF THEIR CHOICES!

  • Steve C

    The ONLY racism in this country is racism against whites.
    Whites are the ONLY group that have no protection.

    “Vice President of the Mexican American Student Association, Cesar Sanchez Lopez”

    Where is the “White American” Student association???
    If there was one – it would be labeled racist.

    There are black only dating sites, scholorship funds etc.
    If things like this existed for whites – that would be racist.

    Now we have so many groups that are just so proud of their heritage – and this country is sinking like a brick in a cespool

    • steve

      Porfavor brother. Quite whining. Unless you are fat and ugly, you have the best hand whiteboy.

      • jodi

        The reason that there is no organization for whites only is:

        You did the enslaving, rape, and discrimination of Blacks
        You stole land and killed Native Americans
        you are the enemy, thief, and murderer of many

        • Ian

          Oh, Jodi,

          You hate this country so much. So, why not ease your pain and leave it. Your knowledge of history is limited and one-sided. No doubt your IQ is limited too. Your Mexican buddies have created an organization called La Raza, “The Race”. Plenty of non-white societies have blood on their hands. Bet you didn’t know that.

  • Michelle

    Chi Omega Nu is the University of Wisconsin-Madison chapter, NOT the Penn State chapter. PLEASE correct this mistake, you are implicating the wrong chapter of Chi Omega.

    • debra

      I do think this is blown WAY out of proportion. It was Halloween for pete’s sake. The way they are dressed IS A STEREOTYPE yes, but racist? I don’t know. Only if it’s racist to dress like an Native american by wearing a feather headress, etc etc. Let’s take ALL THE FUN OUT OF DRESSING UP for Halloween and destroy the holiday like we did Christmas! This is how it’s done- blowing crap out of proportion and making a JOKE and a holiday BASED on dress up, lightheartedness and stereotypes and taking it as offensive public statement.

  • Be Be,s kid

    thats not racist on cinco demyo day they dress the same freakin way. Instead of gettin mad at that they oughta get mad at the drug lords and go back like real brave men and women and fight to take back their country. Instead of running cross our borders like little whipped chiuauas.The gang bangers over here ought to go there and fight. But no they rather stay here and harrass America.

    • jodi

      How in the hell can you claim this country to be yours when it was stolen from Native Americans. Your ignorance on many levels is represented in this comment.

    • Micheal

      why don’t you go over then you brave chihuahua? The government and everything is currupt. Theres nothing the people can do or else they will get killed, then what genius. And you must be fucking dumb because no one dress like that on cinco de mayo, check your sources correctly next timebud.

  • johnnyg.string

    I think its great!
    Sorry if truth hurts but it is what it is…. Don’t like it straighten or get the fuck out

  • Stephanie Mannion

    This kind of publicity makes me sick! I’m so tired of these ethnic organizations taking the most innocent of acts and trying to turn it into a huge media event. It was Halloween andthis sorority was just having fun and I dont believe for a second they had any racist thoughts when posting that picture on Facebook! I’m only sorry they made an apology!
    We live in America and we all better start fighting for our rights that were fault for years ago by our forefathers! Don’t be intimidated because some group wants to scream racism and put it in the media! You scream even LOUDER and say I want my rights!

    Stephanie Mannion

  • OB

    They are college kids at a college party!!! Let them have some fun without making a big deal out of nothing! It was a themed party, get over it and stop bitching. Don’t forget this was on private property and what they do is their business. What is wrong with this country, to bad they apologized already.

    • jodi

      Penn State will soon see the wrath of the ignorance displayed at this university. Racism and molestation will certainly help recruit the best. You don’t have fun at the expense of degrading others.

    • 3rdmolina

      I completely agree!

    • Micheal

      you must be fucking ignorant.

  • andrew sanchez

    it’s sad what my tax money pays for .if this girls and had used african american in their party they would probanly be kiked out of school but sense they used mexicans its ok thats the schools mind set. that is amaizing . well penn state now we know who u realy are and it sadn’ s me that in 2013 their is still people like u. i hope their is some hispanic group that will speak out agianst this. ps please forgive my spelling never got a chance to go to school.

  • Luis

    Wearing ponchos and sombreros is not big issue, the problem is the way that portrait Mexicans, with weed and stuff like that, because most of those girls in the photo, probably they were intoxicated with grass..

  • Kelly

    Please change the wording in the article to say the correct chapter, Chi Omega Nu Gamma. It is not the Chi Omega Nu chapter that is stated in the article.

  • jodi

    Dwane I imagine you felt the same way about the guys that got raped (Sandusky just wanted to have a little fun get some tough skin and show the old buzzard some fun) It appears Penn State is having a lot of fun at the expense of others be it rape or racist ignorance.

  • 3rdmolina

    I don’t see the big deal. Freedom of speach people. People are allowed their own opinions. Do not assume it was done with ill intent. For all you know they may have thought they were being funny and just having innocent fun. STOP being so defensive. We’re not going to have anything left to laugh about because everyone is too defensive. Talk about a chip on the sholder. Every time something funny comes up there’s someone right there calling foul. RELAX. Enjoy life a little and learn to laugh.

    • Micheal

      Really? Insulting people is freedom of speech now. Wow. Dumb offensive actions like those should have been reconsidered. I mean your in college, act your age and be proffesional.

    • Micheal

      WoW.

  • http://webpronews mike

    I hope the next party is a Jew themed party with long noses, small, wire rimmed eye glasses, bagels and holes in sheets……let’s see how long it take for the jewish student union to down with threats to sue the U for crimes against Isreal….Let these women get sanduskied.