*Chi Omega Sorority officials say a University of Alabama member was expelled from the school’s chapter for using the N-word in a caption on a social media service site over the weekend.
The photo, sent via Snapchat shortly after bid day on Saturday, shows three white women with the caption “Chi O got NO nig**s,” celebrating the fact that Chi O pledged no black women on Saturday — despite the fact the sorority actually pledged two.
“What was expressed is absolutely reprehensible and completely inconsistent with Chi Omega’s values and policies,” read a statement from Chi-O spokeswoman Whitney Plumpton. “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 campus was engulfed in controversy last fall following reports that some majority white groups rejected blacks because of their race.
In all, 21 black women and 169 minority women accepted bids to various Panhellenic sororities at UA last week – the most black women in school history.
“We are all extremely disappointed when any student uses language that is disrespectful or offensive to any segment of the UA community,” UA President Judy Bonner said in an emailed statement to students. “We are especially sad that this incident occurred on a day that was an exciting and happy one for the young women who participated in fall recruitment.”
“Behavior, actions and choices that disparage other students are particularly reprehensible and do not represent the values or meet the expectations of our University community,” Bonner said. “The results of bid day and the dedication of hundreds of students, employees and alumni who worked extremely hard this past year to achieve the important and significant milestones UA reached on Bid Day cannot and should not be dismissed or minimized.”
Bonner said she wants to assure students they will not allow the incident to “interrupt our progress.”
“We will continue to work diligently and with a renewed commitment to make sure that UA is a welcoming and inclusive campus every day of the week,” Bonner said.
[Snapchat allows users to send pictures, often accompanied by captions, to other users. The pictures disappear after a set number of seconds, but other users can take screenshots, thereby saving the picture.]
There are reports of the girl’s family claiming someone altered the caption, and the girl originally wrote “Chi O got NO ninjas.” Another report claims the word “ninjas” auto-corrected to the N-word.
In this case, “ninja,” according to the report, is apparently a term used for girls the sorority doesn’t want to issue bids to for whatever reason, but do, and they “sneak in” like ninjas.
Despite these reports of the epithet being an accident, Al.com says a Chi Omega spokesperson confirmed that the original photo, with the racist slur, is real.