A group of University of New Hampshire (UNH) sorority sisters is under investigation after a video of them singing a Kanye West song containing the n-word circulated on social media.
A group called “All Eyes on UNH,” which states on its Facebook page that its mission is to “expose injustices” at the university, posted the video on the page Tuesday and called the sorority members “ignorant.”
“The girls sing the N-word without thinking of the implications,” the post reads. “This is a showcase of ignorance and that the Panhellenic Council should do better in combating racism. The first step is addressing willful ignorance.”
The video went viral, prompting dozens of Facebook users to criticize the sorority for perpetuating racism.
“If you know the lyrics so well, then you should know when the word is coming up and literally shut your mouth,” UNH student Sofia Ford commented.
“Hey white people, literally just don’t broadcast you and your clan of Beckys saying the N-word and you’ll be fine,” student Maggie Lowe wrote. “Don’t give any ‘it’s expression crap’ because white people will never ever ever be able to tell me what it’s like to be an ‘n-word.’”
Other users defended the sorority for just singing along to a popular song at a party.
“These girls clearly were not intentionally trying to degrade people of color because of one word sung. They’re college girls having fun celebrating their new members of the sorority,” UNH student Gabby Razz wrote.
“Maybe these girls are just being normal people singing along to a song. These girls aren’t racist and people up in arms over this are authoritarian p—-s who hate free speech,” UNH alumnus Eric Hadley wrote.
The New York Post reports that UNH officials are investigating the video and the sorority but have not taken any “disciplinary action” yet.
“The incident is under review,” spokeswoman Erika Mantz said in a statement. “We believe strongly in the right to free speech as recognized by the First Amendment, and we also believe in the right of every member of our community to feel safe and respected.”