By Donovan Dooley
An Alabama fraternity is now under investigation after hosting a Halloween party where the fraternity enacted a scene portraying the fraternity president dressed up as Donald Trump chasing other fraternity members who were dressed as immigrants over a supposed “wall.”
The FarmHouse fraternity on the campus of the Predominantly White Institution, Troy University, in Troy, Alabama, has incited a school wide controversy after snapchat videos of their Halloween party show fraternity President, Andrew Dearing, chasing other fraternity members dressed as immigrants with the caption saying “When you ask them to build the wall.”
A later snapchat video even shows Troy Student, Khalil Monroe, who is wearing a sombrero and poncho while being “arrested” by a fake border guard. As he is being “retained”, Monroe yells “Pesos accepted! Pesos Accepted!” The Caption read,”Got Him.”
The incident has seemed to have divide the campus more than ever before. Students have been adamant on both sides, some even voicing their opinions on social media.
Troy University has since responded to the backlash from the incident.
“Troy does not condone the actions and images depicted in the video, Troy University’s student population is one of the most diverse and international in the state of Alabama, and TROY is committed to the cultivation of a positive, inclusive environment.”
Also, the CEO of the FarmHouse fraternity, Christian Wiggins, has since sent out a statement to address the actions of the students on the campus of Troy University Halloween night.
Wiggins told The Tab,
“We are disturbed by news that those members wore insensitive costumes and performed an offensive skit. This behavior is not consistent with FarmHouse principles, and we are coordinating with the University and chapter to further investigate these concerns.”
“FarmHouse at Troy is a diverse organization, and the men pride themselves on bringing individuals together from all different backgrounds. We will not tolerate discrimination in any form and once the investigation is complete will ensure that members involved are held accountable through our conduct process.”
The FarmHouse local chapter would also make a statement telling The Tab this,
“We sincerely apologize for the actions that occurred during an event at the fraternity house on Oct. 31. These actions fall well short of the standards we expect of our members, and the individuals responsible will face appropriate disciplinary action.”
“We deeply regret the hurt caused to members of our Troy community, and we are working closely with University officials to ensure something like this does not happen again. We will learn from this and take steps to regain the trust of the University and community.”
No matter where you stand on the events that have been taken place in this country over the past year and a half, or where you stand about the incident on the campus of Troy University Halloween night one thing should remain clear.
Incidents such as these at Troy that are in the best case racially insensitive and in the worst case pure racism, are inexcusable.
While we have come a long way as a country these incidents on college campuses still reveal how much farther we need to go. The intent of this skit by the Farmhouse fraternity may not have been malicious but the outcome certainly was.