Video of UNH Sorority Members Singing N Word Sparks Outrage
A video of a group of sorority girls at the University of New Hampshire singing along to a Kanye West song has sparked outrage at the school after being posted to social media.
The Facebook group All Eyes on UNH posted the video Tuesday just before noon.
“A member of Alpha Phi Sorority put up this video of girls singing along to Gold Digger by Kanye West on her Instagram story,” the post reads. “The girls sing the n-word without thinking of the implications."
“This is a showcase of ignorance and that the Panhellenic Council should do better in combating racism. The first step is addressing willful ignorance.”
Commenters have both criticized and defended the sorority with some saying they could easily avoid saying the word and others saying it’s just song lyrics.
Race issues at UNH came to head at the end of the last school year, after several incidents involving photos that showed students in black face and the n word being written on a bulletin board in a dorm.
The university held a forum to address the problems.
UNH Director of Media Relations Erika Mantz told NH1 on Wednesday that UNH is looking into the incident.
"No disciplinary action has yet been taken by the university. The incident is under review," Mantz said. "We believe strongly in the right to free speech as recognized by the First Amendment, and we also believe in the right of every member of our community to feel safe and respected.
"We continue to work to improve our campus culture through education, awareness and action."
NH1 also has reached out to Alpha Phi and its national chapter as well as the Panhellenic Council for comment.