UGA fraternity expels 4 after video appears to show members using racial slurs

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

ATHENS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Fraternity officials say they've expelled four members of University of Georgia's chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon after a video on social media allegedly shows the four former members using racial slurs.

In a statement, Tau Kappa Epsilon officials say: "Tau Kappa Epsilon is disgusted, appalled and angered by the remarks shown in a video of four expelled members. TKE will not tolerate any actions such as these that would be defined as racist, discriminatory, and/or offensive."

Officials say incident in question was not on chapter property, nor at a chapter-sanctioned event, and that the four members are being investigated by the school and fraternity. The four have also been expelled from the fraternity.

In the video, which has not been verified by WRDW/WAGT, it appears to show one white man using a belt to slap another who is under covers in bed, and someone saying “pick my cotton” followed by an expletive. The person being hit says, “I am not black.” When someone else says “you’re not using the right words,” a racial slur can be heard.

The school says the chapter is suspended while the investigation is on-going: "The University of Georgia condemns racism in the strongest terms. Racism has no place on our campus. We will continue our efforts to promote a welcoming and supportive learning environment for our students, faculty and staff. The fraternity has been suspended by its national organization. Whenever we receive complaints of racist or discriminatory conduct, we refer such matters to our Equal Opportunity Office in accordance with applicable laws and policies."

It's unclear how long the suspension will last.