'Racist' Sorority Photo Is Sad Reminder That Ignorance Is Everywhere (PHOTO)

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Racist Sorority PhotoThere's really little use debating if the photo currently under fire from a Penn State Mexican-themed sorority party is offensive. It is, without a doubt.

In a picture from the party, members of the Chi Omega sorority are seen dressed in ponchos, sombreros, and fake mustaches. That alone is questionable to some, but the signs they were holding were undeniably outrageous. One read: "Will mow lawn for weed + beer" and the other: "I don't cut grass, I smoke it." No wonder the picture has caused an uproar and cries of racism, both on campus and across the Internet.

Really, how could they have ever thought this was okay?

Vice President of the Mexican American Student Association, Cesar Sanchez Lopez, made some good points when he told Onward State:

"The Mexican American Student Association is disappointed in the attire chosen by this sorority. It in no way represents our culture," Lopez said in a statement. "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 has issued an apology, and the school's Panhellenic Council and the sorority's national headquarters are investigating. But it should have never happened. These young women should have known better, and I hope that I'm raising my kids to know why things like this aren't okay, even if it's in the name of fun.

While I'm shocked by this behavior, I have no doubts that racism is alive and not-so-well in this country. We've come a long way, but there is still much hate out there, much of which stems from the persistence of stereotypes and flat-out ignorance. It's especially painful to see, however, when it comes from those for whom ignorance shouldn't be an issue -- like students at an esteemed university. Ironically, the whole incident also just reinforces plenty of negative stereotypes people have about sororities and those who join them too.

Are you shocked that students would think this was okay?


Image via Onward State

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fleur... fleurdelys3110

As usual, people have become too politically correct and take things way too seriously. Sorority party themes are meant to be taken as a joke. They're supposed to magnify stereotypes because stereotypes make for good costumes and good pictures. I highly doubt that any of these girls actually think that this is what Mexicans are like. Trust me I know what the intentions were behind this. I've been to many sorority theme parties. They were not trying to perpetuate ignorance or be malicious.

Boobo... Boobookittt74

I agree totally with fleur. People are so damn sensative!!! everyone is offended by everything nowadays!!!!

Johnathan Williams

Who has ever seen that movie called WHITE GIRLS with the Wayans brothers...????? SO I guess by the same standards, that movie also would be RACIST......right???? Or is it just a DOUBLE STANDARD....? Because that's what REALLY divides people in this country.....I say that MOST everyone wants to laugh at them selves and each other and live together in relative unity....its just FEW "professional victims" and the BS liberal media that REALLY flames the fires of so called "racism"

Felly... FellyScarlett

This is just soooo typical of the white man.

Just kidding :)

Seriously though, it does kinda piss me off, since most Mexicans don't even smoke weed. It would be way more realistic if the just dressed like themselves.

Autum... Autumnleaves87

Bad taste. Not funny. Somewhat offensive.

Racist though?... I don't think so really. People are a little sensitive. But I also think this picture is just dumb.

nonmember avatar Imojozula

It is appalling to know that we live in the year 2012 where progression of the human race has gotten us as far as Mars yet here on Earth ignorance and hate keeps us from moving forward. This bigotry needs to end now. We are no longer in the time of sticks and stones. Everyone needs to forget the hate and remember we are all here on this same blue ball we call earth. We all live our lives by the same air, water, and food. We watch the same sky day or night. Share the same sunlight and moonlight alike.

Estel... EstellaHavisham

Methinks the people who think we're too politically correct are white.  

jrl90 jrl90

No but i'm shocked that people are making such a big deal about it. Hello it was a mexican themed party how do you not exaggerate stereotypes? It would have been a pretty boring party had they depicted how most mexicans really are. It's called satire, get off your politically correct high horse.

tuffy... tuffymama

I had no idea there was a Mexican pothead stereotype...? I've only heard the ones concerning illegals coming here to avail themselves of social services and send money back to Mexico...? I think these jerks are less racist and more just plain stupid. Nitwits. And their parents probably ARE proud. The racist apple doesn't fall far from the racist tree. Plus, it's Pennsylvania. Ugh. (Wink)

Pinkmani Pinkmani

No, it's not racist to have a Mexican themed party. However, when you're holding signs that say "I don't cut grass, I smoke it" or "Will mow lawn for weed and beer" which I consider to be prejuide and discrimination aka racism.

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