Delta Gamma Fraternity In Hot Water After Sisters Post Racially Insensitive Photo On Instagram

The Delta Gamma sorority of the University of Maryland has yet again landed in hot water after a photo featuring a racially insensitive hashtag was posted on Instagram.

A sister with the sorority posed happily with a “cake” comprised of wine, beer and cupcakes in celebration of her 21st birthday. Rather than writing the usual “Happy Birthday”on the three tiered creation, the Delta Gamma sisters instead decided to scrawl “Suck a n—a d—k” and follow it with a social media share.

Before the picture was deleted, around 77 followers “liked” it, but any positive attention was short lived as word of the photo and its racist hashtag spread about the campus by way of Twitter and Yik Yak.

Samira Jackson is the vice president of public relations at the University of Maryland and was offended by what she saw in the photo. According to USA Today College, she said “A lot of the backlash came from the use of the ‘n’ word. But it was also because they had the audacity to boast about the cake and the usage of the word on such a public forum like Instagram.”

Delta Gamma took to their Facebook page to address the photo and its racist content. The post read as follows:

We have become aware of an unacceptable Instagram post by a member of our chapter. The Fraternity volunteers and staff are working with our chapter at the University of Maryland at this time to hold this member accountable. Delta Gamma Fraternity is a dynamic organization, committed to diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious affiliation, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status of physical disability. All efforts are in place to guarantee those selected for membership are committed to living our values. Delta Gamma stands for high ideals of friendship, promoting cultural and educational interests, a true sense of social responsibility and developing the best qualities of character.”

This isn’t the first time the sorority has made headlines for less than ideal reasons, though. The sorority first made headlines in April of 2013 when an email laced with profanity was leaked, which resulted in the resignation of the sister responsible for the tirade.

There have been a few students to come to the defense of the sisters and use of the controversial word. Some of the defenders feel as though the verbiage used is a tongue in cheek reference to a song by the hip-hop group, Three 6 Mafia.

It is unclear as of now what actions the chapter will take as a result of the photo or if the sisters involved will endure more than a deleted Instagram account.

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