University of Alabama Takes Steps to Avoid Insensitive Parties
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at UA has sent a letter to Greek Presidents reminding them to refrain from offensive costumes at parties. The email linked to photos as examples of inappropriate costumes such as blackface, Japanese Geisha costumes, and sombreros.
UA has a history of confronting racist and insensitive behavior on campus.
One fraternity continues to honor its Confederate roots. All Greek parties must be approved by the UA. Some OLD SOUTH parties have been banned. This included anything associated with the Civil War period.
The letter encouraged students to avoid costumes that mimic stereotypical aspects of groups ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
UA has declined to comment on why the letter sent.