The Chi Omega sorority at the University of Alabama just officially invited African Americans to join their chapter this weekend. But one member sent a Snapchat that celebrated the sorority's lack of diversity. The snap, which was sent out during the chapter's Bid Day (where they formally announce the girls who can join), said "Chi O got "NO niggas!!!!!" along with a few emojis to drive home the point.
The picture made the rounds on social media, and the sorority sent out this response:
Please read below for an important message regarding our Nu Beta Chapter at the University of Alabama:
Chi Omega is aware of the image that has been circulating via social media and we have been in communication with The University of Alabama administration. What was expressed is absolutely reprehensible and completely inconsistent with Chi Omega's values and policies. Chi Omega took swift disciplinary action in accordance with the organization's policies and procedures. The woman who took the photo is no longer a member of the chapter.
Chi Omega embraces women from all walks of life, who come together to form a network of friends with high standards and similar values. The Chi Omega chapter at the University of Alabama pledged a diverse group of young women, which included several new members who self-identified as minorities, including two African-American women.
The university's president, Judy Bonner, condemned the picture, "We are all extremely disappointed when any student uses language that is disrespectful or offensive to any segment of the UA community."
In case you think the picture was a Photoshop job, someone already tried to claim that it was in order to get some "damage control" going. Turns out that it's real. The girl who sent it has been kicked out of the sorority, but the school has yet to send down a punishment, if any. Chi Omega pledged two African American women and nearly 200 White women this weekend.