Penn State sorority photo sparks racism accusations

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Members of Chi Omega sorority at Penn State accused of showing poor judgement and being racist in this Halloween photo. Photo via Facebook.

Members of the Chi Omega sorority at Penn State came under fire on Wednesday as a photo of the members dressed up like stereotyped, traditional Mexican ranchers, holding offensive signs, circulated over the Internet.

The photo was likely taken around Halloween for a Mexican themed party. The female college students are wearing sombreros and ponchos and two of the sorority sisters are holding up signs which read “will mow lawn for weed and beer” and “I don’t cut grass, I smoke it.”

In a statement released by Jessica Riccardi, president of the Nu Gamma chapter of Chi Omega, Riccardi said:

Our chapter of Chi Omega sincerely apologizes for portraying inappropriate and untrue stereotypes. The picture in question does not support any of Chi Omega’s values or reflect what the organization aspires to be.


Lisa Powers, director of public information at Penn State told Yahoo News:

The students in the photo are within their First Amendment rights to express themselves in this way. Although we are certainly appalled that they would display this level of insensitivity and lack of judgment.

Powers said the Chi Omega sorority has also apologized and expressed deep regret over the incident.


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