More and more college fraternities are running into trouble when it comes to racism and sexism. Since 2007, when the first iPhone came out, college students have been using all types of social media. Sites such as Instagram, Twitter, Total Frat Move, and especially Facebook have been used inappropriately on a daily basis.
In one specific case, the Penn State fraternity Kappa Delta Rho was caught with a private Facebook page that posted multiple photos of women undressed and unconscious. Some of the females were students, while others were hired women, possibly strippers. This page was busted, and so the frat started a new one. In one photo on the page, a member commented “lol delete those or we will be on cnn in a week,” and the comment got 11 likes.
At University of Oklahoma, the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon leaked a video of members from the chapter chanting racial slurs and participating in racist activities.
The senior vice president of media at totalfratmove.com, Ross Bolen, made comments that implied that nude pictures of women are totally acceptable to be posted and viewed. “That’s a perverted-dude-specific thing, which is most dudes,” Bolen said. “We’re just sick humans.”
A professor at San Diego State University stated that due to things being more out there for the public, now people and colleges know what is happening and have made efforts to stop it, as well as hold students accountable. He also said that, “it makes it less hard for people to hide what happened.”
Source: Amanda Holpuch, “Fraternities’ sexism and racism can no longer hide in age of social media,” The Guardian, March 21, 2015, http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/21/fraternities-sexism-racism-social-media.
Student Reseracher: Miranda Clyde (Indian River State College)
Faculty Evaluator: Elliot D. Cohen (Indian River State College)