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Fraternity suspended while under investigation for racist "MLK Black Party"

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A fraternity is in hot water after hosting an “MLK Black Party,” but this party did not celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. because it was blatantly racist on so many levels.

According to the GRIO, members of Arizona State University’s Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity thought it was a great idea to have a party on King Day that consisted of white fraternity members and guests drinking out of watermelons, throwing up gang signs, and sporting basketball jerseys.

Photos of the atrocity emerged on Instagram with hashtags like #mlkparty, #watermeloncup, #hood, and #ihaveadream.

The fraternity’s official website posted an extensive apologetic statement from Alex Baker, Chief Information Officer of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.

The statement firmly expressed that the organization “does not condone or support any actions by its members that would be defined as racist, discriminatory, and/or offensive,” and the actions of Arizona State University’s chapter were an embarrassment and “do not align with the values and principles of Tau Kappa Epsilon.”

The chapter is under suspension while a full investigation take place.