A Texas fraternity posted a letter containing some stunning rules of behavior.Â
The nation this week was shocked when video surfaced showing University of Oklahoma students, members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, chanting a racist song.Â “There will never be a n****r at SAE,” the members pledged.
Now, the Sun Times reports that racist chant may be linked to another fraternity at the University of Texas, Austin.
One user of the popular social media site Reddit posted a photo of a set of confidential rules for pledges fromÂ Phi Gamma Delta (known as Fiji) at the Univ. of Texas.
Those rules, while they include “no drugs,” and “Respect the Ladies,” also include offensive ones like “No interracial dating,” “no Mexicans,” andÂ â€“ in all capsÂ â€“ “NO FAGETRY.”
That last misspelled rule apparently means no gay people.
The photo was posted to Flickr in 2007, and yesterday, again toÂ Twitter:
â€” John Kilgore (@johnckilgore) March 9, 2015
University of Texas, Austin was home to anti-gay researcher Mark Regnerus.
UT’sÂ Phi Gamma Delta frat, in addition to this latest unsettling display of racism and homophobia, was the scene just a month ago of aÂ racist party, where the theme was reportedly “Border Patrol.” Students called it “Western.”
Unlike Univ. of Oklahoma President David Boren, who immediately closed down SAE and kicked the entire frat membership out of their house, officials at UT have refused to take action for either of these issues, and even said the Border patrol party does not violate its rules.
@imnothoracio While the behavior doesnâ€™t mirror UT core values, itâ€™s within studentsâ€™ right to freedom of speech at private off campus event
â€” UT Austin (@UTAustin) February 27, 2015
One University of Texas student summed it up perfectly:
It really is that simple pic.twitter.com/u0zWCUBOtg
â€” Creamy Peanut Butter (@BootyCry) March 9, 2015
Some more recent tweets about UT’sÂ Phi Gamma Delta frat:
â€” Horacio Zamora (@imnothoracio) March 9, 2015
â€” ernesto âž¶ (@emtz2012) March 9, 2015
â€” mango baby (@neuroluv) March 9, 2015
Young racists turn into older racists who SWEAR there’s no bias in hiring, or school discipline or who gets opportunities or breaks in life
â€” Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) March 9, 2015
â€” jacqui âœ© (@Jakeylime) February 17, 2015
â€” Sandy (@sandy__marin) February 12, 2015
Wow UT frat FiJi racist towards Mexicans And others… And your going to make excuses for this Wow,No backbone @UTAustin
â€” Jacob C. Howell (@hollywoodhowell) March 10, 2015
â€” Underground SketchBK (@UsketchBK) February 27, 2015
UPDATE â€“ 03.10.15:
UT President Bill Powers today released a statement that reads, in part:
“Our dean of students has worked extensively with the [Phi Gamma Delta] group to educate its members on the harm it has caused and to reconcile it to the greater community. The FIJIs have apologized, have been fully engaged with the dean of studentsâ€™ efforts, and have reached out to Latino groups.”
He also states that the Phi Gamma Delta rules photo may be a hoax:
“Additionally, a photo of alleged FIJI pledge rules has surfaced online. This ugly document appeared in 2007 and was largely believed to be a hoax even then.”
As of this writing the Sun Times has not changed its report.
Raw Story added this correction:
NCRM reported in our original version of this story that the photo had been posted first in 2007.
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Matt Gaetz Pal Joel Greenberg Now Scheduled to Enter Plea Deal in Fraud and Sex Trafficking Case
Joel Greenberg, the Florida former tax collector who was a good friend of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is now scheduled to appear in court and enter into a plea agreement on Monday in his fraud and sex trafficking case.
Greenberg is expected to agree to hand federal prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office evidence against Gaetz as part of that plea agreement, in what The Washington Post calls “a worrisome development for the congressman.”
“Details of the plea of the agreement have not yet been revealed,” the Orlando Sentinel reports, “including whether he gave federal prosecutors any information regarding his friend, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is under federal investigation for accusations that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl.”
Greenberg had been cooperating with federal investigators since last fall and told them that he had paid for sexual encounters involving himself and Gaetz with at least one 17-year-old, according to a New York Times report. Investigators have also been looking into whether Greenberg and the Republican congressman from Florida’s Panhandle had recruited women online to pay for sex.”
On Tuesday in an extensive report The Daily Beast revealed: “Multiple women paid by Rep. Matt Gaetz’s wingman and close associate Joel Greenberg claim they felt pressured to do drugs and have sex with him.”
Pelosi: Marjorie Taylor Greene’s ‘Verbal Assault’ and ‘Abuse’ of AOC ‘Probably Is a Matter for the Ethics Committee’
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Thursday suggested the Ethics Committee should investigate Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, after the Georgia Republican accosted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outside Congress Wednesday.
“It’s so beyond the pale that you wonder it probably is a matter for the Ethics Committee,” Speaker Pelosi said, according to Capitol Hill reporter Jamie Dupree.
“It was reported to our office… the verbal assault, really abuse, of our colleague,” Pelosi added, Forbes’ Andrew Solender notes.
“This is beneath the dignity of a person serving in the Congress of the United States and is a cause for trauma and fear among members, especially on the heels of an insurrection,” Newsweek’s Elizabeth Crisp adds.
According to The Washington Post, two of its reporters “witnessed Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) exit the House chamber late Wednesday afternoon ahead of Greene (Ga.), who shouted ‘Hey Alexandria’ twice in an effort to get her attention.”
Green “aggressively confronted” Ocasio-Cortez, The Post reports, “and falsely accused her of supporting ‘terrorists,’ leading the New York congresswoman’s office to call on leadership to ensure that Congress remains ‘a safe, civil place for all Members and staff.’”
“When Ocasio-Cortez did not stop walking, Greene picked up her pace and began shouting at her and asking why she supports antifa, a loosely knit group of far-left activists, and Black Lives Matter, falsely labeling them ‘terrorist’ groups. Greene also shouted that Ocasio-Cortez was failing to defend her ‘radical socialist’ beliefs by declining to publicly debate the freshman from Georgia.”
Watch the Speaker of the House:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Ethics Committee should “probably” look into Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) “verbal assault” and “abuse” of Rep. @AOC (D-NY) yesterday at the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/hV3HX3EYoM
— The Recount (@therecount) May 13, 2021
Newsmax Host Blasted for Antisemitic Claim That Jewish Americans’ ‘Home State’ Is Israel
Far right wing Newsmax TV host Grant Stinchfield is under fire after delivering an antisemitic claim that Jewish Americans’ “home country” is Israel, not America.
In a segment attacking President Joe Biden for not controlling the violent attacks in the Middle East Stinchfield showed Rabbi Jacob Shmuel “Shmuley” Boteach, who was in New York City demanding Biden “show moral leadership” in the conflict.
“He talks about ‘moral courage.’ It is something sadly the Democrats do not have,” Stinchfield claimed on the same day Republicans ousted Rep. Liz Cheney for saying Donald Trump lost a free and fair election.
“If you are Jewish and you are a Democrat and you are living in America today, how do you support an administration that turns its back on your home country?” Stinchfield asked, as Media Matters reports.
Newsmax host: “If you are Jewish and you are a Democrat and you are living in America today, how do you support an administration that turns its back on your home country?” pic.twitter.com/yc9RjpHxlU
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) May 13, 2021
The claim that American Jews are not Americans, or have some overriding loyalty to Israel instead of America is an anti-Semitic trope frequently spouted on the right – just as President Donald Trump did repeatedly.
No one expects American Catholics to have an allegiance to Rome, yet conservatives often speak in strong terms about American Jews, falsely believing their loyalty is to Israel and not America.
One American responded in very clear (caution: and profane) terms to Stinchfield:
I’m so sick of this dual loyalty antisemitic bs. pic.twitter.com/5M1Ej8IW5F
— Mike Brand (@miketheidealist) May 13, 2021
Here’s how some others, including many Jewish Americans, are responding:
Jew here. Care deeply about Israel. My wife was born there. Israel isn’t my home country. 100% American.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 13, 2021
Trying to Americanize Israeli politics seems really stupid
— Jane Coaston (@janecoaston) May 13, 2021
— Matthew Rettenmund (@mattrett) May 13, 2021
Also this seems like a fun way to imply that being Jewish means that you are required to hold a certain opinion about the events taking place in a country in which you do not live, and I do not cotton to that sort of argument
— Jane Coaston (@janecoaston) May 13, 2021
Hmm, let’s see. Bc they’re American? And “there are good ppl on both sides.” And Seb Gorka was in an org founded by actual Nazis. And Soros conspiracies led to Trumper mass murder @ Tree of Life Synagogue. And Scalise was “David Duke w/out the baggage.” Ya know, just for starters
— Cliff Schecter (@cliffschecter) May 13, 2021
Assuming👏American👏Jews👏have 👏an👏allegiance👏to👏Israel👏is👏anti👏Semitic https://t.co/B4KjNYQ7Mk
— Will swart (@Willswart4) May 13, 2021
I’m a Jew. I care deeply about Israel, although I’ve never once visited. It’s not my “home country.” I am thoroughly American. Proudly and loudly so. Born here, raised here.
Why do we Jews keep having to “prove” our loyalty to some on the far right and left? It’s exhausting. pic.twitter.com/G4KfcotK1q
— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) May 13, 2021
It’s usually the anti-semitic people who think American Jews *must* support Israel without question.
Newsmax’s Grant Stinchfield should APOLOGIZE to every American Jew for saying that our “home country” isn’t the USA, and for politicizing us for supporting Biden. Disgusting.
— Jake Lobin (@JakeLobin) May 13, 2021
In Russia, Russians didn't consider Russian Jews Russian. The result—pogroms.
In Germany, Germans didn't consider German Jews German. The result—the Holocaust.
Trump and his Newsmax pals don't consider American Jews American, but Israeli.
It's antisemitism, and it's dangerous. https://t.co/OEJX3yKvGi
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) May 13, 2021
Ditto. There’s a distant branch of my paternal GM’s family in Israel, I’ve never spoken, met or corresponded with. No visits or plan to visit. Have opinions. That’s my whole connection.
— ✡️ MG ✡️ #LetsGetToWork #BidenAgenda (@knitvspurl) May 13, 2021
My home country is America, not Israel. WTF is wrong with these people?
— Eric Slater (@ericsslater) May 13, 2021
I’m Jewish. I was born and raised in Wisconsin, I’ve lived in Illinois and Missouri, and I’m living today in New York. I’ve never been to Israel. Israel isn’t my home country.
— Alex Basson 💉💉🎉 (@boycats) May 13, 2021
This Jew’s passport is from the United States, the country I was born in and live in.
— Jewish Space Laser K2FI (@filkerdave) May 13, 2021
Dual loyalty, but make it really antisemitic, and also a little patriotic somehow
— Jared (@JPattPattycake) May 13, 2021
Israel isn’t your home country unless you’re from there. This is bigoted against Jewish people and Palestinians
— KnowYourObama (@KnowYourObama) May 13, 2021
Jewish Democrats are Americans and their home country is the United States.
— Ares (@AresRound2) May 13, 2021
If I remember correctly, Isreal was created in 1948 and my family came to America from Russia and Germany sometime between 1850 and 1890. This Jewish Democrat has no connection to Isreal.
— Mark Wein (@mwgl) May 13, 2021
— NYC118 (@nyc118) May 13, 2021
I’m American. And Newsmax is definitely not American.
— Dissented (@DISSENT_4_4) May 13, 2021
This article has been updated to include additional relevant tweets.
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