After a video surfaced of members utilizing slurs to outline minority teams as a part of their “new member process” a chapter of engineering fraternity Theta Tau at Syracuse University was completely expelled from the college this weekend. However The Washington Post reviews a second video seems to point out fraternity members of the Theta Tau chapter mimicking the sexual assault of a disabled person who the Daily Orange obtained from a secret Fb group. In it, one fraternity member sits in a wheelchair sporting a helmet whereas one other forces him to carry out mock oral intercourse. It seems to point out different fraternity members carry out the position of passive bystanders, egging them each on.
Chancellor Kent Syverud mentioned in a statement that this second video goes towards all “Syracuse University holds dear about diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities.” He additionally famous there are different movies that haven’t been made public and that the college’s response has been restricted as a result of “we do not reveal evidence in an ongoing potential criminal and judicial investigation so as not to prejudice that investigation and so as not to enable those being investigated to escape responsibility for all of their actions.” The text accompanying Syverud’s video asserting the expulsion of the fraternity additionally signifies that “steps are also well underway to recommend charges against individual students involved in the disgusting video.”
On Friday, after the chapter was suspended following the discharge of the primary video, the Tau Theta Tau chapter posted on their website that “it was a satirical sketch of an uneducated, racist, homophobic, misogynist, sexist, ableist and intolerant person,” meant to “roast” an energetic brother within the fraternity. In an effort to offer context, they wrote, “we would like to believe that the new members seen in the video laughing at the horrible things being said were not laughing in concurrence with these beliefs, but in fact the opposite—that racism, sexism and homophobia are so wrong that they are laughable. None of the satire was said or done in malice.”
In response to the movies, Diane Wiener, director of the campus’s incapacity cultural middle, mentioned in a statement, “Theta Tau’s video is not only a representation that demeans, dehumanizes and objectifies disabled people, it does so by utilizing toxic masculinity, homophobia, racism and other forms of systemic oppression and violence to accomplish its strategy, hiding behind the false narrative of ‘humor,’ and ‘boys will be boys.'”
And additional, “Disabled people are not to be pitied; disability is not a devastation that needs to be cured and about which triumph and shame are the necessary or desired aims and outcomes,” she says. “Yes, some individuals are ashamed of their disabilities, and others would just rather live differently. Some people do not want to be known as disabled, or might prefer only to be called Joe, who happens to have a disability, but disability is not the entirety, let alone the center of Joe’s life.”
Whereas Greek life is a supply of consolation and help for sure college students, for others, it may be emotionally and bodily abusive — and even fatal. Teen Vogue has reached out to Syracuse College and can replace this house as soon as we hear again.