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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Ellis, in video posted by Right Wing Watch (below), claimed that she and Giuliani were merely “advocating” for “politically inconvenient candidates” like Trump, which is provably false.
Giuliani, according to numerous news reports, wasn’t defending Trump so much as he was traveling the world trying to dig up dirt on Joe Biden to help Trump win re-election. When that didn’t work Giuliani (and Ellis) promoted false election “fraud” narratives, which is not advocacy for a client.
“It used to be that if you represented the politically inconvenient candidates or the, the politically inconvenient, people I mean look at ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ you know, it was like you were you were lauded as a defense attorney, like John Adams, you know, who represented people who deserve a defense,” Ellis said.
“This has such an impact on the future of America,” Ellis continued, “because if we tell lawyers that in order to advocate for a client, that means that necessarily you have to subscribe to their position, you will be you will be liable for your bar license essentially based on not only the merit of their case but the outcome, then we won’t have advocates anymore in the United States.”
Jenna Ellis complains that she and Rudy Giuliani are being smeared for working for Trump and promoting his bogus stolen elections claims, likening their efforts to John Adams defending British soldiers in the Boston Massacre or Atticus Finch in “To Kill A Mockingbird.” pic.twitter.com/9n1xjdr6m7
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) October 15, 2021
Again, that is not a reality-based response to what she and Giuliani were doing.
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Former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Richard Signorelli, commented, “Jenna is lucky she wasn’t given any actual lawyerly responsibilities.”
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— Karine Jean-Pierre (@KJP46) October 15, 2021
Getting a little rowdy as more protesters show up with Trump flags and “F*uck Biden” flags. pic.twitter.com/k7qFJp4Iw0
— Eric Bedner (@BednerEric) October 15, 2021
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Biden greets kids in the playground at the Capitol Child Development Center in Hartford, Connecticut. pic.twitter.com/YfGCndt3NV
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) October 15, 2021
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Per radio pool, while @POTUS spent time meeting toddlers at an outdoor playground, Trump supporters gathered across street could be clearly heard shouting a now-familiar expletive phrase involving his name
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) October 15, 2021
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