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Clemson Cripmas: White Privilege On Fleek

Just when you thought the market on racially sensitive frat parties had been covered, someone came up with Clemson Cripmas. Sigma Alpha Epsilon reportedly threw a party in which attendees were encouraged to emulate gang attire and behavior. 

“Photos surfaced late Saturday night of students drinking from styrofoam cups, wearing red and blue bandanas amongst other “gangster apparel,” while also making use of notorious gang signs. These recent photos are undoubtedly disrespectful, and have led students to use social media to express their growing frustrations with their peers with tweets sent to University president James Clements, and also to CNN and MSNBC. Clemson University boasts strongly of their “Clemson family,” but many students feels as if they are not apart of this family, as well feel less than others due to their, skin color.”

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//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js What does this have to do with sports? Days after Clemson celebrated its win over South Carolina using a team of mostly black players, students who participated in protests were mocked and hit with racist comments on social media.

That paradox is the latest in a long line of incidents that illuminate the fragile nature of black athletes on predominately white campuses. It pretty much goes like this:

“Play (insert sport). Go to class (sometimes). And shut up.”

And before you ask, we know that gang culture is not limited to African-Americans. There are gangs of all races, of course. But being perceived as a “thug” isn’t just something that black people can just take off as easily as red bandannas or an ugly Christmas sweater. It’s something that they have to live with on a constant basis simply because of the color of their skin.

Clemson Cripmas is about white privilege. More accurately, it’s about waving the flag of white privilege in the face of those who can never obtain it, and could lose their lives for a lack of it.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Elle Jay

    December 7, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Just so you are aware, the girls in these photos can sue you guys for posting photos of them without their consent. I recommend you either remove the photos or blur out their faces immediately as the university is encouraging them to press charges.

  2. RB Brown

    December 7, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    What should be offensive are the black people in Ferguson, MO, who looted and burned businesses owned by black people. I wonder if anyone would be offended if a group of black students had a party and dressed as stupid rednecks?

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