By Moni Basu, CNN
(CNN) – Penn State has had its share of controversy for a while, but this week it is getting some more unwanted attention.
The university's Chi Omega sorority chapter is under investigation after a photo with Mexican stereotypes surfaced on a social media site.
It shows a group of sorority members dressed in ponchos and sombreros and wearing fake mustaches. One woman holds a sign that says: "Will mow lawn for weed + beer." Another sign says: "I don't cut grass. I smoke it."
The photograph was taken at a Mexican-themed party around Halloween, according to the independent college blog, Onward State. It was posted last week on Tumblr.
The university's Panhellenic Council said it had received concerns about the photo and that the council does not condone derogatory behavior from members.
"The Penn State Panhellenic Council recognizes the offensive nature of the photo and is therefore taking the matter very seriously," the executive board said in a statement.
"We are addressing the situation immediately with the members of the chapter in conjunction with their national headquarters," it said. "Our council and all its members strive to hold ourselves to a high standard and are disappointed by any failure to meet these expectations."
Jessica Riccardi, president of the Chi Omega chapter at Penn State, released an apology to The Daily Collegian newspaper.
“Our chapter of Chi Omega sincerely apologizes for portraying inappropriate and untrue stereotypes," she said. "The picture in question does not support any of Chi Omega’s values or reflect what the organization aspires to be."
The connections to the sorority were discovered through members' names tagged on Facebook, Onward State said. The posts have since been taken down.
Penn State public relations director Lisa Powers said that university officials have had conversations with Chi Omega members and that the women have expressed "deep remorse."
"The students in the photo are within their First Amendment rights to express themselves in this way, although we are certainly appalled that they would display this level of insensitivity and lack of judgment," Powers said.
"Because the right of free expression is guaranteed under the Constitution – for both behaviors we disagree with or for those that we support – we are approaching this as a teachable moment to engage this group of young women in discussions about their actions and to further educate them about diversity issues," she said.
Powers said the national leadership of Chi Omega will have to decide if disciplinary action is warranted.
A statement from Chi Omega headquarters said, "Personal degradation has no place in our organization, even if such behavior is meant facetiously or in jest. The Chi Omega national organization is taking this situation very seriously and is being thoughtful and deliberate regarding any sanctions or educational directives for the chapter."
At least one student at Penn State demanded a direct apology from Chi Omega to all Latinos.
"This is not a joke. This is our culture," said Ariel Coronel, president of the Penn State Latino Caucus.
She was shocked when she first saw the photo and said the signs the women were holding were especially offensive.
"There's a huge drug war going on in Mexico and you have a sign that says, 'We will mow lawns for weed and beer,' " Coronel said. "It's wrong on so many levels. How can you think this is OK?"
The reactions to the incident varied on Twitter. Here are two:
@ChiOmegaPSU The incredible amount of racism put into your "mexican" party was disgusting.— Oscar Moises (@KidMacabre) December 04, 2012
@ChiOmegaPSU The incredible amount of racism put into your "mexican" party was disgusting.
@OnwardState @ChiOmegaPSU Maybe some people need to be a little less sensitive... Have a thicker skin and be less PC.— Greg Woll (@gaw150) December 04, 2012
@OnwardState @ChiOmegaPSU Maybe some people need to be a little less sensitive... Have a thicker skin and be less PC.
Your comment offends me.
The sorority should be applauded for doing and saying what most real Americans feel but are afraid to. You go girls!!!!
Racism.....inconsiderate and offensive.
Then comment on a story about racism. Mexican is not a race.
Ahh yes. Now sorority girls must be politically correct. Liberals are nauseating.
Typical wing-nut raciest statement.
Ahhh, the raciest statement. The fastest statement in the land.
Why must you label it as a "liberal" issue? Just like to get in your digs, huh? 60% of those who vote Dem, don't consider themselves as such. They don't use insulting terms when referring to Repub voters. The difference, I guess.
Liberals don't use offensive terms when refering to Republicans? Are you serious? Really? Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeally?
I was under the mistaken idea that college was a form of HIGHER education, guess I was wrong!!
There's another good reason Penn St is for sick people.
Really? Who cares?
I don't. I think its hilarious. Time for the majority in this country to start pushing back before its too late.
Oops, too late.
It's too late. The "majority" couldn't push the Dutch, German, Irish, Italians, etc...back. You would loose your "push". Embrace your new country men or get out of the way!
They should have showed more respect, especially coming from an orfinization such as theirs! What is up with the signs? Were they really necessary in order to get their message of bigotry out in the open? They should all be thrown out of that sorority.
I agree....offensive and disrespectful....parents must be so proud! NOT!
Future Stepford Wives. Who would want to hang with this bunch other than for a one night stand. Sadly enough, they will be in charge of something or someone in the future.
Yeah, who would want women who wear bras, bathe, shave their legs/arm pits, and wear something other than hippie skirts?
Yah what guy would want to be around young good looking women?
Young, good looking women??? Northeastern sorority girls. Want to date one? Might as well stick your johnson in a CDC petri dish...
Latinos does not equal Mexicans! The pic shows Mexican attire and mockery but not Latinos in general which are from all Latin America.
The article tile should read Mexicans not Latinos.
You guys call youself all kinds of names, There is no unification. Domincan, Latino, Hispanic etc.,
Why would there be unification? Do all immigrants from Europe fall under one category??
Actually, those names tells were they are coming from. Like Dominican means they come from The Dominican Republic, like you will say “But, I am an American citizen” while waiting in line at customs!
You really think the standard typical racist American knows the difference between a Latino and a Mexican?
This question is coming from a black man, who has witnessed Americans call Africa a country. Please don't put too much faith into the minds of these morons.
Really, Paul? Because as far as I can tell, "Idiots be coming from all races, yo".
Nothing is offensive when it comes from trash...I just laugh it off! :D
Rush, you are still on here jabbering. Get back on your talk show.
Looks like kids being ignorant, but it strikes a nerve when those born with a head start in the game perpetrate such views.
There are plenty of Hispanic service members that are not mowing lawns or smoking grass out here in Afghanistan.
Agree wholeheartedly, FD. Thanks for your service-to ALL that serve our country.
Maybe we should set these bimbos loose in Kabul, all decked out in mock belly-dancer costume...
I wonder how many of these girls do smoke weed. No doubt alcohol was being consumed.
Congratulations for making the most obvious statement in history. Very helpful.
I think this article is blown way out of proportion. When people dress up as Jasmine, you don't see Indian people getting offended. It's like Halloween- You can dress how you want. They went to a Mexican themed party, so what. I'm sure you've all gone to a "White Trash" Themed party, thats pretty offensive. Not saying I'm white or anything, but I'm sure they didn't have any intentions on acting on how they dressed. So we should all take a step back, and relax. Because now this chapter is going to have to deal with unnecessary issues for just being in college.
You are obviously white based on your insensitive disposition. People like you repeatedly fail to empathize with minority groups. I'm black and a middle/upper class professional. There is no way on this earth I'd ever do something like dress up for a 'white trash' party, even when I was in college or grad school. The reason is I have respect for all races and religions.
When will ALL the people of Color realize and understand that WHITE Privilege is solely responsible for this sort of behavior. The same behavior that is found at OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY when the fans go "BLACK FACE" and insist its not racist that its about school and team spirit. Yet, these same fans wear Afro wigs. WHITE people truly feel that they are justified in all their behavior when all they have to afterwards is make an empty apology to placate those they've offended.
Why are black people dragged into every racist issue? I am not black but just laughing.
The person above was simply citing what is called 'an example'. You're the one who transformed it into blacks being dragged into every racist issue.
I am NORWEGIAN. No US White liberal guilt. Just embarassed that my mother was American during the "50's". A shameful era that apparently has not changed enough.
Actually I am a lawyer, and my daughter is a professional in a multinational law firm. What do you have to be proud of?
Based on that ridiculous statement, shouldn't you be ashamed your Father was Norwegian because he's the same ethnicity as Breivik, your country's mass murder? Oh, I forgot, all Norwegians are perfect, no one there is biased.
A few of the girls in the front row look mexican? Chill!
So if i looked Jewish and am not would it be open season on Jewish jokes? What if my eyes were slanted a bit and looked slightly Asian would i had a Open season pass on Asian jokes?
Or you could say they look Puerto Rican, Dominican, Columbian, Jordanian or Italian. What freakin' difference does it make when the picture is obviously offensive (to those with baseline sensibilities).
Sssshhhh! Don't make them aware – we were trying to surprise them! lol
Lighten up ppl
These young girls have shown that they are not smart enough to be in college, let alone a well-respected university like PSU. Has the level of learning deteriorated so much in American high-schools that they produce idiots like this and little more? Or did the PSU admissions department fail to vet these students properly? Stunning that these girls of privilege think they are intelligent when in fact, they have much to learn about the world.
Unfortunately it doesn't matter one bit that they know nothing about the world. They will have 6-figure jobs in daddy's company waiting for them at graduation.
Who are you kidding? You don't have a job, or if you do, you still don't pay taxes. My taxed dollars go towards your welfare, and the other 44 million "legals" on food stamps.
Lets look at the truth , if Americans weren´t buying drugs then Mexican Drug Lords wouldn´t be in the Business !
The Majority of Latinos don´t smoke pot . One way to prove this are the on the job requirements that force their employees
to take on the job drug tests . It´s usually the upper crusts rich that do nkt hsave to take drug tests .
They should just keep it real by holding up signs like:
"Will open legs for nose candy",
"Will never make it in diverse society", and
"we cheat on tests"
Ah yes, the old college Greek system of fraternities and sororities.
For those students who are unable to choose their own values, their own friends and lovers, their own way in life, we have a traditional social network just for you.
The only requirements?
You much ache to be popular.
You must only socialize with other greeks.
You must never question the system.
Publicly , you must portray virtue.
Privately, you must exercise vice.
Higher education's fly in the ointment.
You and Rush ALSO had an affair??????
Same culture that harbored a monster and a destroyer of children... Penn State... Sorority girls? Only the tip of the iceberg... And then they wonder and worry why the "Death of the West"... Arriba Penn State!!! Keep at it!!!
Penn State, the other white meat, *OINK, SNARF*.
You are so right......
Brace Yourselves....another Ruben Navarette Navel-Gazing Column is coming
Yep, Neverright will be all over this one. I'm sure Soledad and nutball Jane Velez Mitchell have their overpaid panties in appropriately sized wads as well.
Aren't we getting just a little to sensitive??
Uh, no. Are you Latino?:
i'm irish, go ahead and say i'm a drunk or fight a lot (both are usually true anyway) you won't insult me. fact is, we are too sensitive anymore. frats and sororities do goofy things, that's what they are for aren't they? anyway, toughen up and stop being so wimpy and crying when someone pokes some harmless fun.
the point is that it isn't harmless.
No, too lazy to cut grass.
Why blame "liberals"? You just love saying that word, huh? Make you feel so much more superior? lol
How 'bout a sorority for San DIego St. take a photo wearing mullets and holding a tallcan. Then call it even.
My daughter was in a sorority in San Diego. No problem being Black there, and respected by others. She would have left in a hot second if she wasnt/
So what?! Chill
I suspect you are not Hispanic
It shows a deep lack of respect for people of different backgrounds.
es, I see this as opening the door to racist acts.
Also I'm gonna take a wild guess that the chickens who are bashing a bunch of 18-21 year old sorority girls are just upset. Probably for turned down by them. Same folks who hated every day at college because you know... Other people had friends. Smh
Having a "Mexican-themed party" and having everyone dressed in ponchos with big mustaches and sombreros is an attack on what they think a Mexican is. A culture is not a costume . You say you're Italian lets say we have an "Italian theme party" and everyone shows up looking like Mob-like figures, you would be OK with your Italian culture being portrayed as Mobsters ? Lets say they had a " Black Themed" party and everyone shows up wearing dark face paint what if they showed up in wife beaters and saggy pants with toy guns, You think that would be an accurate representation of the black race? What if they had an "Arab Theme" party, would it be an accurate representation of Arabs if they all showed up looking like terrorist? This was ignorant to do on all levels by an insensitive group of girls.
They probably should cancel the upcoming "Western theme party" then.
Dressing up in cowboy boots and cowboy hats must therefore be an attack on what they think an American is.
WESTERN THEME is not a Race it's a group of people which includes the Spanish Indian Culture which is where Cowboys derive from . If they would have said "lets have a Siesta Theme Party " this picture would be accurate.
"WESTERN THEME is not a Race it's a group of people..."
Mexico is not a race either. Sombreros and ponchos are mostly associated with Mexico. Just like cowboy hats and boots are mostly associated with the USA (hearken back to US Olympians walking into some opening ceremonies).
Are you trying to claim that even saying, "I feel like Mexican tonight" should be considered racist?
BTW, I disagree with accuracy if it was "siesta-themed." How does a sombrero and poncho represent siesta?
Well stated, Gabriel. Best comment.
This racist act was not perpetrated as innocent fun. These supposedly educated white people blatantly showed how they feel about latinos and all minorities.
Thank you to the Latinos who were smart enough to know this is a damn joke. To everyone else go sit and spin.
As an Italian American I don't get insulted everyone give me a "how you doin?" Or people mock the jersey shore trash. It's. joke. We are all Americans. Enjoy life.
I do not think you'll find a smart educated Latino in this country to think this was a Joke. If it's such a joke who is the joke on?
At who's expense are we suppose to laugh at ? Where is the joke?
Describe a smart educated latino please? They made a mistake and the media is taking out of proportion. Give them a chance. If you are mexican like me, yes they were insensitive but get over it and teach them that we are beyond this and please do not talk about smart educate, most of my fellow mexicans that are here illegaly might not be "educated" but damn their really smart and hard working.
Good G-d, lighten up. Its some college girls, having fun. I wish they had made fun of me, instead. I'm a Jew. They could have all dressed like Hassidim, or bankers, or jewelers, or whatever. We've gotten so politically correct that we can't laugh at ourselves anymore. I guarantee you that not one single girl in that picture harbors any hate for latinos or Mexicans. Worry about it if they wear hoods, burn crosses in someone's yard and occasionally lynch someone. That's racism, not this.
If they had the anti-defamation league would have been all over them.
This is nauseating. My daughter was in a sorority, but they never stooped to such disgusting levels. My daughter was Black. Her sisters were primarily White. There was a mutual respect completely lacking here in this story. I think the sorority should shut down the chapter.
I'm sorry for your loss. She WAS black, she must have lost it when she died....?
Lexigton (Knetunky)....need I say more?
Got a response?
Got a response? Work fixing cars out front of your house>
Umm, my Black guy had his doctorate from Stanford University. I have no problems with White men and had boyfriends who were, but was very satisfied with my marriage to my husband.
Yes, it funny. There is truth to the matter is why people get upset. There is a correction, they cut the grass but we smoke it.
Oh sure pick the educated fields to be portrayed as, haha. What if they all showed up with overgrown noses with a Yellow star on their jackets? would that be an accurate representation of the jewish race? It is an ignorant thing to do with any culture be it Jewish, Arab, Mexican, Asian. A culture is not a costume.
You can't gaurantee anything, more than half of those girls hold racist and/or white supremicist views.
Most of the gardeners I see are Mexican. Just like most of the criminals I see are black. Just like most of the people I see who complain about stupid things are white. Just like all islamists I see are terrorists. Just like all southerners drink moonshine and rape themselves.
I don't know where I'm going with this... something about Obama's fault.
What's with the random Asian girl at the far left? She should be wearing a ninja or karate outfit, right? Maybe she's the one who prepares the rice for them in her wok. That and possibly the only one good at math. She love them long time while doing a fan dance in her kimono and catching flies with her chopsticks. Oh I know, she got in because of her affiliation with the Yakuza.
And so on...
Yes, and the white girls should dress like in dirndls, or some other anglo get-up. What's your point...
Maybe they should dress up as dumb blonds......oh, they are.
This will be as soon forgotten as the hate speech at the U of Mississippi. Whatever "appropriate actions" did Ole Miss take, I wonder. Would CNN care to investigate?
Maybe this insensitive display of the women of Penn State is why the men of Penn State are into little boys?!?!
I find it shameful that there are supposed Mexicans condoning this. It's even more sad that nearly 60 years after the civil rights movement accomplished so much awareness in this nation that ignorance is still never too far to be found. I doubt this was intentionally hateful, but it was definitely hurtful.
Makes me wonder if this group has a written, or unspoken prohibition of certain minorities being members. The Asians were probably invited to be tutors...
Theme parties are fun.
The statements on those boards? Not so much.
Are these statements true about:
The general Mexican population? No.
The general college population? Yes.
Used to inappropriately represent your College? Yes
Mexican-American Grad student.
In bad taste? Yes. Ill advised? Yes. Discipline? No way. The First Amendment rules.
Yeah, but quit the damn sorority. And shame it.
This would be a good argument for first amendment rights. Unfortunately Penn State would not stand for bigotry in their Sororities or Frats
Totally offensive on so many levels. Way to go Penn State, more like PennDEJOS!
True – we all need to calm down and not lose our minds over every little thing. However, this is pretty nasty. These women have enough money to pay dues/chapter fees at a sorority on top of tuition. And then they mock the immigrant who has to do yard work to make ends meet. And post it. Ann Coulter would be proud. Way to keep it classy, Chi O's.
why is this even racist? i'm Latino and this isn't racist. Mexican isn't a race "except 10% true natives", on top of that if this was Halloween no one would care.....
is the media so bored that they have to have the thinnest skin in the world and post a story like this...... lets get angry at kids dressing up like cops while we are at it with mustaches as insensitive....
Obviously you dress like this and maybe cut grass for a living this hits home for you.
Does every Latino you know smoke weed? Is every Latino you know a migrant worker or day laborer? These stereotypes are what made it easy to deny jobs and education to minorities for years. You are obviously so above your relatives that you don't mind them being ridiculed by dingbats who have never struggled for a thing. But I will not single out Penn State for this...thousands of colleges get away with similar incidents every year...
I don't get every little thing being racist. We, all of us, need to laugh and joke some.......it is shameful we have such a thin skin.....stereo types have some truth....we are all different. I am Mexican (black from the waist down–funny another stereotype :).
It's a shame you don't find this disrespectful.
Let's paint them all black put some gold chains on them and have them hold signs up saying "Will rap for crack" . Would that be racial ??? Would it be funny ??? Would it be just a joke ??? Dress them all as Jews and hold a sign up saying " Will work for bagels " racial yet ?
I think all of those things would be funny. I say grow a backbone and learn to take a little good-natured ribbing. But of course you can't because you are sooo serious!
Well how about we portray all older white men as pedophiles...Sandusky – Catholic priests...If people looked at you that way, how funny would that be? I'm sure you'd smile, while being called a pedophile....
Nothing racial about this at all. No different than a party mocking Italians with everyone dressed as gangsters. Besides, Mexicans are not their own race last time I checked.
To the Twitter comment by Greg Woll I would offer this:
It is one thing to inadvertently offend someone, using a term or perhaps making an offhand comment that in hindsight can be seen as a failed attempt at humor that turned out otherwise. In this case, however, the photograph, particularly the signs, was not a casual "let's take a picture" situation. I doubt anyone would have been significantly offended had the group simply taken a picture, and although the dress might be a bit stereotypical and in poor taste, I suspect there wouldn't have been much outrage. The signs weren't something somebody's "casual, offhand remark."
We do, indeed, sometimes worry too much about being PC, but these young ladies spent some time intending to denigrate others, and therein is the difference. A thicker skin might shed more comments, but it won't protect you from someone with a knife!
Penn State is shaping and molding the next generation of well rounded bigots! Shameful.
1) Anything not involving pedophiles is an improvement at Penn State
2) Insensitive – yes but get over it. Doesn't belong in national news it isn't like they are doing hate crime...
No, just insulting their students.
Come on, it's not a racial thing. Who was it, starting complaining? Almost sure, it was not a Mexican.
Lawyer or overly concerned parent? We have gotten way to oversensitive.
By the way – isn't the term "Latino" by itself racial???
Oh... my... god... CNN. Stop perpetrating this PC hype.
OMG, just stop spraying your tan!!
Dumb, but people being dumb is allowable. Kill the PC witch hunt and understand histrionics over this are not going to help.
“Our chapter of Chi Omega sincerely apologizes for portraying inappropriate and untrue stereotypes"
Maybe inappropriate, but untrue, no way! People need to lighten up and have a sense of humor, people takes stuff too serious this day. Not everything is racist comment, sometimes people like to joke around.
tell me a bit about you so that I can joke around. Race? Gender? Penis size? Educational background? Nope, don't think I will do that, but suggest you respond to my questions.
Joke Around and portray a culture ? What is the Joke? What do mexican need to laugh at when they see this? I have yet to see a joke out of this please enlighten me .
Hilarious. More people should do this.
Send me a pic. I will be happy to comly.
Offensive. I don't know. . I do however. think the ladies are brainless idiots.
This is just ridiculous. Our society has become so sensitive it is insane. Posting this photo is horribly offensive, yet politically threatening to deport the depicted culture back to a third world nation riddled with violence, due to the drug war we have created, is okay. Screw this.
Your race, your history? I am Norwegian, and probably as White as you....and have a Jewish heritage too. I am not thin skinned about this, just insulted.
LOL at this sorority trying to project itself as a philanthropic organization. It's a group of elitist girls spending mommy and daddy's money to band together with drinking buddies.
Also some of those girls look better with the mustache.
Is CNN seriously putting this in headline US news... They used to be a respectable news agency, but all they want now days is to create a controversy to draw ratings. They know that Penn State has a target on them for all that's gone on there and they're taking full advantage of it. Leave this crap to the school new paper and report something that matter. I'm glad to see that people are not taking drunk sorority girls seriously.
After the Paterno cover-up, Penn State continues to be shown to be a waste of money as a school.
What does this photo have to do with what Penn St. offers in education?
I am latino and do not find this offensive. I think people need to stop being so sensitive over every little comment or picture that is posted online these days. These are simply young girls having a good time. America stop over analylizing things relax a little. That goes for my race and other minority that feels exploited!
Thank you Martin for seeing it as it is. You obviously have a good portion of humor.
The world needs more people like you, who can think for themselves and build their own,
independent opinion about things.
Where's the censorship here? it's in the Spanish!!!!
Greek houses work very hard to attract members who exemplify the best of their respective student populations. This sort of behavior certainly isn't representative of a group worthy of leading by example. it reinforces negative stereotypes perpetuated by the media about sororities and frats. I hope the national organization comes down hard on those who participated.
You are an example of what is wrong with our society.
When Marco Rubio gets the nod in 2016 (and Presidency) Oprah and Ellen are going to have a lot of explaining to do. The Obama Administration deals more race cards and stereotypes than these bimbos. Romney closed the gap up by 5%...freedom is 5% closer. People who love freedom need to stand their ground on the debt ceiling and Obamacare.
Rubio / Ryan 2016!
lol. you'll continue to lose, you're all on the way out. Get a clue.
Ugh you have freedom of speech you dumbos but you do not have freedom from consequences afterward.
the next weekend is the mocking Nazi party... and the week after is mocking Asian party, a couple in the picture won't be to amused, but it freakin University... people. Beer, weed, party, and stupid stuff you would rather forget happen every weekend. No Latinos or chiildren were harmed at this party, should be the caption.
All I see in the photo are white, immature children.
the first on left and the fourth bottom row might not be all so white. Immature, probably.
I take no offense to this. The truly funny thing here is one or more of these girls will have a Mexican husband or boyfriend once in their life maybe not them but maybe their un-aborted child. Life is funny that way, asked my blond hair blue eyed wife! she hated Mexicans and lookie lookie now. She loves me and our beautiful son.
un aborted child? What's wrong with you?
Well, that's what most of the white girls did at my school and now all I hear is what they did was bad for their race and child. get over it white girls do abort more often and I happen to think it's because of selfishness. nothing wrong with me.
nice come on :)
Kick XO off campus immediately or I will not give another dime (and I have donated each of my last 17 years since graduation). There looks to be NO actual education going on at Penn State anymore. I need a refund on my tuition.
Send them all to Mexico with their infamous pic here and see if the cartels agree with them. Or better yet, to the inner city – Mexico City, to spend a summer with the population... give them internships there and let them EARN their rent money and food to see if it's still funny towards the end. Cartels after to see just how funny it all REALLY is. Keep me posted.
Wow Penn State just cant catch a break here. I feel sorry for those who try to run a respectable school program, the professors are going to suffer since more and more potential students will attend other schools. No one wants to be associated with a rape and racists supportive school. Sorry but when you mention your Penn State degree , a conversation of racisms and rape will come out 99% percent of the time lol
"We pay more for it than y'all do so what the hell"..............
Rubio/Ryan 2016...faith, family, freedom.
might want to add something about the economy in there.
Boy you are as clueless as obama. A latino shows more respect and pride to the american flag than a white folk ever will. I saw a mexican picking up an american flag from a pile of trash on the side of the road. He folded it and took it with him. Many white folks pass thru the street because its a country club. So dont go around spreading your bs about mexicans burning flags when they will show more respect for the american flag than you ever will.
Pass the tequila, guaranteed hit that, maybe twice, at that party.
only 2 times? you;re no Latin lover, I'd hit them ALL, 100% pregos... I can't miss!!!!!
I'm Mexican and this doesn't offend me. Yea it's stupid , but it's not like they wrote "Go back to Mexico!" I think the media just really hates Penn State right now and anything that makes them look bad WILL be talked about.
Shame on you guy, many of you look like immigrants, for sure you are. Everyone in this country have a chance to get and do what they want. So you, will you be proud of yourselves after this photo? Would you be proud to hold up your diploma after this photo? SHAME ON YOU.
Talk about being hypocrites. Why are cartels rich? Because these hypocrites buy marijuana and other drugs sold by cartels. Mexicans are not potheads. The flow of drugs is northward. i hate to say it but americans are the potheads. Legalized in two states already. The real potheads are in america not mexico. These dumb airheads dont even know how to be racists. Their mocking themselves when they say potheads. Hypocracy at its best here folks.
Arguments I'm seeing here defending these girls:
"I'm white and don't know what it's like to experienced racism, but those minorities should just lighten up."
"Racism sort of sounds like race and Mexicans are an ethnic group so it can't be racism."
"As a Mexican/Hispanic person, I speak for all Mexican and Hispanic people so none of us were offended."
Interesting post, considering....
– Most hispanics are white.
– Mexican is neither a race nor an ethnicity. It's a nationality.
– Those of Mexican heritage who AREN'T offended speak as much for everyone of Mexican decent, as those who ARE offended. The latter shouldn't trump the former, which proves the former's point that this should not be an issue.
Lets ask Cheech and Chong if they find this offensive.
Thank you for actually having a brain and being honest.
Oh noes, college kids did something the left-wing Politically Correct goon squad are offended by. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
I shudder to think that your lack of sensitivity and cultural awareness is representative of your generation. Mine and the one before always said, "Yes, our generation is prejudiced, but the next generation will be better." You are proof that we were wrong.
BTW: my gardener is mexican. My maid is from el salvador. And all the people who work at my local McDonalds/Car Wash and fast food restaurant are Mexican/Latinos.
You want to know what are facts? 80% of all Latinos/as older than 25 in the US don't have a college degree. So instead of disparaging these girls, why don't you ask your own race why they don't want to rise above this. Actions speak louder than words.
What a gross and ignorant statement. You don't know THEIR lives. What if they don't have a chance to better themselves because they are immigrants? Yea maybe some of them can't better themselves and don't. That doesn't mean ALL latinos are this way. There are plenty of people I've seen with high paying careers that are latino. /:
Congratulations. You have just won the award for the dumbest post of the week.
Seems like you gardener, your maid and all those little people are working. Their kids will be going to college. And your kids will be washing their cars.
What's wrong of being a gardner or a maid? is it a problem not having a degree? If you are willing to pay $30/hr and give 40 hours a week, believe me, you will have a lot of people with college degree outside your house.Ok, you want to give me the job, it will be at $80/hr and minimum of 20 hours a week.
I would just like to say that I am Mexican and over the age of 25 and will be getting a degree in Criminal Justice. As well, my Sister has a Master's Degree...
Most of the people that I know, have degrees, or are in school pursuing a degree. Our "actions" are "speaking louder than words!"
extremely poor taste, ladies
Like I said " MUST BE IN THE WATER" .....Way to go Penn State... Way to follow up Sandumski!!! Lmfao...
i see diversity classes in your future.
sorry. i didn't mean to reply to yours. i was just making a statement.
America ... land of the sometimes free, home of the offended.
Get over it people. You know what is offensive? Truly offensive? Is people trying to cram (debatable) popular opinion (or what the media thinks should be popular opinion) down everyone's throat as if it's against the law to have an opinion that you simply don't like somebody, or some group.
GET OVER YOURSELVES AND GROW SOME STONES!
You know what freedom is? It's not living in a place where you will never hear a word that offends you. It means you live in a place where you can hear someone else's opinion, be they a neighbor/fellow civilian, boss, law enforcement, armed forces or politicians, and can freely speak your mind in return.
Is the image stereotypical? Sure. Do you honestly think the sorority despises Latinos instead of simply thinking they were being funny? I hope not but hey, that's what the media wants you to think so I'm sure some of you do.
We'll never get past our race relations issues until we can stop simply being offended for no reason and also tell the media to STFU. No ... not to stop reporting news of real racially motivated crimes but for making mountains (so called news) out of mole hills because drama crap like this is what sells, regardless of the lingering damage it helps perpetuate.
The problems are going to disappear if we ignore them but, they also aren't going to go away do to over sensitivity.
Congratulations. You managed to use the word opinion three times in the same sentence. Your English teachers must be proud.
You said it Paulie! I'm sure you will be shot down by the PC crowd, but you do speak the truth!!
I can't believe some of you don't find this as offensive. What if they were all dressed up in "Black Face" Holding signs that said "Will Work For Watermelon and Chicken" or "Food Stamps for Crack 50 Cents on the Dollar". Would it be offensive then?
You sound like a racist who is addressing your comments to black people while using racist stereotypes. Why?
there are no blacks in the photos and no identifiable blacks making comments here. When are you white people
going to get it? Stop hating, discriminating, mistreating, denigrating and abusing other people for racial reasons?
Your comments are the same as the comments in the photo....stupid.
Quit trying to be the morality police. I think people get off on trying to scold someone. Get a life, it was a bad joke, not a hate crime you fools.
It was offensive and unacceptable and I hope the girls get dumped from their sorority.
I would have the same reaction. I wouldn't be offended. People need to get over themselves and stop spending their days trying to find things to be offended about. 7 billion people...pretty sure you can'd do a single thing in your day that won't offend someone on this planet. Go for it. Black face, mexican stereotypes, muslim jokes, jewish jokes, whatever. They're just words and only offensive to those who allow themselves (or want themselves) to be offended. TS
Not to these white boys and girls it wouldn't. They will just say the victims are "too sensitive."
But that is from some whose sensitivity baseline is 0. But perhaps we could have a Teabagger Christian theme party....I can think of a dozen signs for that one. Or how about a Blond Bimbo party, Or how about a ChiOmega theme party....but the guest list would be so restricted.
Pennsylvania is nothing but Pittsburgh on one side, Philadelphia on the other and Alabama in the middle ...
The thing is most of those girls are from either Philly or Pittsburgh.
Philly is one of the most segregated cities in the country. Much more so than Birmingham, Al.
Can't having fun sometimes just be having fun? Ther are stereotypes of all races, look at the white craker on Family Guy should all Caucasians be offended ? I laugh at it as part of what makes our world interesting, the difference can be celebrated and enjoyed if we could just learn to find humor instead of offence we all might get along a little better.
I guess over time things like this happens all the time so you just Try to laugh it off but we all know the meaning even if we say we don't.
I am hispanic, and I am not offended..,it is silly though, a sense of telling everyone not knowing Mexico,., let's send these bunch of nice girls to Mexico to really know Mexicans the way they should., maybe not all but the ones with the cardboards.., before I went there I had wrong ideas of how they were..,trust me if you think the food is like taco bell in every corner.., you will be surprise., but I think also making this a big deal is wrong..
YUP! Introduce these girls to the pimps that are in Tijuana. They'll teach them the finer points of respect!
I'm Mexican and this does not bother me. We all just remember the negative aspects of different ethnic groups, this is just another case. Would it be the same if I said that most of those girls have had at least one abortion before?
It offends me and I am not Mexican. But, I have Mexican American friends.
I'm Hispanic. Everyone's always looking to see who's offending who, it doesn't bother me one bit and it's all in good fun. All these comedians that can get up and talk about different races and people laugh at it, no one gets offended and if you had a problem with it you wouldn't be there. If you don't like it, move on because anyone out there that says that they don't laugh when someone makes a joking remark about another race is lying. It's a joke and if that's howthose girls in the picture really feel or don't, we'll never know. It's not changing how I go about my day.
oh what the hell!! looks like a great party. Get a grip.
@Journey... Yu are SO fulluvit you leave a wet brown trail behind you. Republicans have xploited latinos for generations n paid the price in 2012 and will again in 14 and 16 you idjit. Something like 80/20 voted in favor of Pres Obama who BTB will be the first Prez to achieve comprehensive immigration reform despite you and Fox and Rush and the RNC.
What I want to know is why CNN thought this was important enough to make the front page of their website. I would think there are more important things to report on.
Correction: the main page of the U.S. news
$$$$ that's why. More people like us clicked on the link.
The parents of these young ladies must be so proud. I am sure that they will forever post this picture to commemorate the thousands of dollars they wasted on their daughters education. As for the young ladies, I do not know what their majors are, but good luck in finding a job after graduation, with this posting, in your backgrounds.
The truly sad thing here, aside from the cheap ethnocentric racism, is that these coddled sorority girls are wasting their parents' money and pretending to get an education. It is pretty clear from the photo they have wasted their parents hard earned cash! Hope Mommy and Daddy are proud of your exploits in Happy Valley! Maybe a field trip to the Sierra Madre Orientale would do you all some good. Pendejas!
"This is not a joke. This is our culture" Speaking English in this country is part of American culture yet plenty of latinos seem to forget that. Many do not even bother to assimilate into our culture....and it is rude and intolerant.
I see rude and intolerant right there...go to H3ll.
Look up the official language of the US States Of America. I myself am working on my third language, Deutsch :) . I would love it if my USA would make it a habit to learn more than just English.
Why is speaking English mandatory? My father, the Norwegian, learned French, German, Dutch, as part of his education in public schools. We think that English is a magic language?
You speak any other languages? If you can make one sentence from your high school language class I would be surprised.
So, better stay in English speaking countries, if you go somewhere else, they will think you are rude for not speaking their language.
Some of you reallllyyy need to get out of Central PA sometime soon. No matter if it was done in jest or not, it's offensive and rude to a certain group of people. No sorority should be offensive to anybody, they should be trying to enrich the community and their school. Bunch of ignorant little girls.
Living in this country and not even bothering to speak English is rude.
Actually, pretending to be the Language Police is rude, ignorant AND racist.
Thinking all Mexicans don't speak English is ride and racist...idiot!
Thinking all Mexicans don't speak English is rude and racist...idiot!
Good God, get a life!
It is silly party fun.
Only those who want to be offended are.
"It is silly party fun."...Ummm no, you're WRONG.
"""Penn St in Spotlight Again with Sorority Photos Mocking Latinos"""
I was unaware that Latinos, or anyone else in this nation, were granted special rights which elevated them to the privileged status of The Ones Who Can Never Be Mocked.
You know, I wonder if this would have caused an uproar if these young ladies were dressed up as leprechauns and had signs saying they'd trade their pot of gold for beer. After all, the Irish have a history in the U.S. of being discriminated against (although not for a very long time). Also, this is not racism as Mexican is not a race, it's an ethnicity.
Prejudice and bigotry is disgusting. I see a whole lot more of that in these comments than I did in that picture. But I forget, only certain groups get to be offended in this counry.
ethnicitism? Seriously? So there was never racism against the Irish either. Or are Leprechauns a separate race from the Irish?
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