Live Protest Scheduled For Today In Response To Kappa Sigma’s Asian-Themed Party At Duke

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Herro nice Duke peopre! You may be in some trouble.

I know Duke students are smart kids. I know this. So when, and after fielding complaints regarding the impropriety of their ‘Kappa Sigma Asia Prime’ that was to occur on February 1, they decided to proceed with the racially insensitive party, they had to know there’d be volatile recourse from the Duke community. Students caught wind of the party after a poorly-worded email invitation was passed around. So, how bad was it?

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Ah, shit. I think the “Chank You” line did you guys in. Should’ve left that one in the holster.

Now sure, there is some — SOME — pretty funny shit in that email, as long as you’re the type that doesn’t take life too seriously and lets lowbrow humor roll off the back. But shit, there are not enough people like that. You have to understand that. A good rule of thumb to go by is if you’re dealing with racial stereotypes, people of that race are going to be offended. Every time. Therefore, don’t go down that route.

Okay, so they decided to change the theme to “international affairs,” but when the partygoers show up dressed in full Asian garb, including sumo fat suits, kimonos, and conical straw hats, your PC defense doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

An Asian student group at Duke University has filed a formal complaint with the school after a fraternity hosted a weekend party with a theme that some consider racist.

Naturally. It was only a matter of time. What else?

The Asian Students Association said Wednesday it will hold a 1 p.m. protest on campus. The group issued the invitation through their Facebook page, entitled “Race Is Not a Party: Rally for an Inclusive Duke”. More than 700 people have indicated they will attend.

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[They] will use this opportunity to spread awareness of why the events of the past week were hurtful and to establish a concrete plan for how our community can move forward.”

Kappa Sigma President Luke Keohane did apologize in an article published by Duke’s independent student newspaper, The Chronicle:

“Upon learning of the deeply damaging effects of our email to our fellow students, we should have completely canceled the aforementioned party,” Keohane said, according to the newspaper. “The Duke Community in which we exist is one that we see too often as divided, and while our actions have brought attention to and widened that divide, it is our sincere intention to work to contribute to a United Duke.”

Duke students, if shit gets heated at today’s protest, keep us updated. Email me: dillon@grandex.co

Here are more photos of the #RacistRager:

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  1. Sleazy Asshole

    Racism: The idea that one race is superior to another. I’m sick of people using that term so loosely. There is a difference between racism and bigotry.

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  2. TrickleDown

    I hate to disclose info about myself here but I’m a student at Duke so I can tell you what went down. The rally happened. A bunch of super liberal white kids (the type who wear makeup to make a “statement”) and some Asians stood in a circle and talked about how KSig needs to “take action” whatever that means, to stop racism. Outside of the circle hundreds of other Duke kids of all ethnictiies laughed at these liberals for creating a problem where none existed. Case in point: This same fraternity had an italian party last semester and none of the italian kids gave a fuck.

    This is just a continuation of the pussification of America. Feel free to ask me whatever, I guess, but theres not much to see.

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    • futureleader14

      I was one of those outside people laughing. I crossed the circle with a huge shit-eating grin at how utterly preposterous the whole thing was.

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    • dukenavalhistorians

      Of all the stupid shit we’ve made national news for, I’m pretty sure this is the stupidest.

      Also, of those seven hundred who said they’d be attending, there were probably 100-200 at that protest. Almost as big of a joke as those “occupy” tents that were set up by the chapel last year

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  3. The3WiseMen

    I find the attempt to copy the accent of Asian students refreshingly moral. It’s more a form of respect to emulate the way they speak than anything. Party on.

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