A fraternity at Arizona State University has been suspended after throwing a Martin Luther King Jr. Day party, which called for attendees to wear basketball jerseys, flash gang signs, and drink out of watermelons. Yes, really.
You'll be entirely surprised to learn that the folks at the party were white and that photos of their themed soirée ended up on Instagram. Also a complete shock is the fact that the frat in question, TKE, was only reinstated in December after a suspension for inappropriate behavior, including a fight that resulted in at least one injured ASU student.
A representative for Arizona State University said school officials have suspended Tau Kappa Epsilon's chapter operations while they investigate an unregistered Greek event that has many on campus offended.
Pictures from the event, coined "MLK Black Party" by the group, show members and guests dressed in basketball jerseys, flashing gang signs and even drinking from watermelon cups.
"This isn't appropriate at all and you really have no business dressing like this on a day that's sort of revered for African-Americans," said ASU senior Frank Hogan after seeing some of the pictures.
Arizona State University Media Relations Officer Julie Newberg reached out with a statement about the ordeal.