Back in December, the members of Phi Delta Theta at University of Pennsylvania caught heat for including a Beyonce blow up doll in their Christmas photo. The fraternity apologized for the use of the doll, claiming that it was nothing but a gag gift, and said that it was a bad decision to have it.
Last Friday, one student group on campus, Students Organizing for Unity and Liberation, or SOUL, protested the fraternity over the incident.
From The Daily Pennsylvanian:
In front of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house, a member of the group stood on a box with plastic chains around her neck, reciting a poem directed toward the members of the fraternity, calling them out for their choice to feature a black blow-up sex doll in their holiday photo last December.
“When you walk on Locust, you’re not supposed to feel the violence that is this house,” College senior Victoria Ford, the student reciting the poem, said.
In response to the photo, Phi Delt’s nationals put the fraternity on probation. The brothers were required to take educational programs on cultural sensitivity and sexual and relationship misconduct. The reason for the protest was because the group was not pleased with the punishment that Phi Delt received for the incident.
“We haven’t forgotten about this and remain unsatisfied with the University’s response and punishment of Phi Delta Theta,” SOUL posted on its Facebook event for a Tuesday meeting to organize the protest.
SOUL took to the front of the house to show this displeasure by participating in a fake slave auction.
The fake slave auction in front of the chapter house was meant to tie the purchasing of the black sex-doll into the larger narrative of slavery, and the historical relationship between white men and black women.
The fake auctioneers held signs that read $14.60, symbolizing the amount of money the blow-up doll cost. Protesters also painted their heads as a symbol of police brutality.
The fraternity did not have anything to comment on the protests..
[via The Daily Pennsylvanian]
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