Outrage at Duke Over Fraternity’s Asian-Themed ‘Racist Rager’

Outrage at Duke Over Fraternity's Asian-Themed 'Racist Rager'

Members of the Asian Students Association at Duke are incensed over a fraternity’s decision to throw a themed party replete with offensive Asian stereotypes, including conical hats and geisha outfits.


3 thoughts on “Outrage at Duke Over Fraternity’s Asian-Themed ‘Racist Rager’

  1. Laura Tully

    As I was perusing my Facebook feed this week I spotted a picture of a woman from my hometown in Iowa donning a cardboard sign with “Why lie NEED beer and food God Bless America thank you” scrawled in marker. Let me be clear, this is a white, middle class woman who, I can only assume, thought this was a hilarious joke one night while drinking because she is in NO WAY homeless or close to it. On Jezebel I spotted two terrifyingly similar incidences. A Penn State sorority held a “Mexican” themed party and an Indiana sorority held a homeless themed party. Apparently, blatant racist, classist shit like this is the new “in” trend for rich white girls.
    White supremacy allows these racist, classist atrocities to go unnoticed and remain unpunished. Clearly, crap like this couldn’t be punished by the universities/people at fault because they are doing an amazing job of upholding white supremacy. I think the scariest thing is that this is our generation. These are affluent college students that see absolutely no problem with this sort of behavior, with no analysis whatsoever. Yet perhaps the fact that this is our generation could be reframed as positive. We have been so privileged to be able to study Anti-Racist organizing and I think in some ways our own generation might be the easiest to influence. I love the idea of backstage spaces that Kat has brought up throughout the semester. I think we have a great opportunity to use our backstage spaces to influence our own generation.
    Penn State Sorority:
    Indiana Sorority:

  2. AdamD

    The tragedy in this is that the party-goers were all guilty of stereotyping an enormous and very culturally different group of cultures and ways of life, and basically stealing that culture from many by making Asian cultures look like just a few stereotypical Asian cultures. The Geisha culture is of Japan, the conical hats are often worn by farmers in Indo-china countries such as Vietnam. The party was not a celebration of Asian cultures, rather it was a mockery of the media Asian character, and that could have been prevented if the party was based on getting students to learn about specific cultures, and if practical and appropriate, students could wear something more accurate about a studied Asian culture, or made food or drinks from a particular culture.
    This party was a reminder of ignorance of racial issues, different cultures, and the impressionability of so many people. Stereotyping people dehumanizes people. Unfortunately, even when stereotypes are used for “fun activities”, there is always a chance that someone can use it to justify racist and hateful views.

  3. Charlii Smith

    It truly is sad. I am not sure what is worse though. The fact that they probably do not know they were culturally appropriating a large group of people, OR that this constantly happens in colleges. http://www.latinorebels.com/2012/12/04/baylor-university-responds-to-racist-mexican-social-media-images-posted-by-student/ <— This is a perfect example. It truly is sad that not all colleges instill rules and boundaries within college courses. Many young adults think that wearing a 'fro to a 70s party or dressing up as an Indian on Halloween is not hurtful to others. but in reality it is. It affects different cultures, and people.


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