Here we go again: a fraternity at Baylor University held a Mexican-themed party, where students reportedly appeared in brownface, dressed as construction workers and maids, and chanted "build that wall."
During Saturday’s "Cinco de Drinko" party, hosted by the university’s Kappa Sigma frat, students, donning sombreros and serapes, “celebrated” Mexican culture by calling for a wall at the southern border.
The frat has since been suspended by its national chapter and the university pending a formal inquiry.
“Baylor University has enacted an interim suspension of Kappa Sigma’s chapter pending the completion of a formal inquiry involving the organization and a culturally insensitive event that took place off-campus on the night of April 29,” the university said in a statement Monday. “This action was taken with the support of Kappa Sigma’s national organization.”
All fraternity activities will be put off until Baylor's Department of Student Activities completes its inquiry into the party.
so kappa sig threw a "mexican" party? yall are bold to yell build a wall but quick to have my culture as a theme for your wack ass party pic.twitter.com/vs9rfvP1iK
— andrew (@terrifving) April 30, 2017
The “culturally insensitive” event sparked a protest on campus, with hundreds of students calling out the unabashed racism and xenophobia.
“We are fighting for a cause,” student Damian Moncada told the Waco Tribune. “A lot of you may not understand what we’re feeling. You may think that you have celebrated our culture. But I ask you that, if you wanted to celebrate our culture, you would have invited us to that party.”
Moncada, president of Baylor’s Hispanic Student Association, added: “It’s not a problem about political party. It does not have to do with being a liberal or conservative. It’s about being respectful of one another.”
At the demonstration, students held signs that read, “My culture is not your costume” and “Ignorance is not an excuse for racism.”
The protest's organizers are requesting that Baylor administrators institute mandatory cultural competency training and request a formal apology from the fraternity and university officials. They are also asking for the school to sanction its Kappa Sigma chapter.