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Outrage Over Texas College MLK Party

Event featured Aunt Jemima, gang apparel, fried chicken, malt liquor

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Outrage Over Texas College MLK Party

JANUARY 25--Students at a Texas college threw a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day party that featured attendees wearing gang apparel and Afro wigs, carrying malt liquor, handguns, and fried chicken, and even one woman dressed as Aunt Jemima.

Photos of the January 15 event were discovered on a page by a Tarleton State University sophomore who heads the school's NAACP chapter. A selection of party photos can be seen here.

When he discovered the images, Donald Ray Elder told TSG, he sent an e-mail to Tarleton student Jeremy Pelz, on whose Facebook page the photos were placed in a folder titled "MLK." In a reply e-mail, Pelz (seen in the picture above) told Elder that he would rename the folder in which the photos were placed "so it does not bring any disrespect to Mr. King."

Pelz noted that the party was started a few years earlier "because one of best friends is black or African American, whichever you deem politically correct, to be his day not to dishonor him." He added, "So I do apologize if you felt any disrespect because none was intended."

School officials have launched an investigation into the party and the university's president, Dennis P. McCabe, has denounced the photos as despicable. In a subsequent post, Pelz--who has yanked the party photos from his Facebook page--stated that the party was not meant to be "racist or discriminating." (18 pages)

Comments (1)

Just by lookin at the pictures, nobody looks very dangerous at all. How scary is a kid wearing an "I love chicken" shirt??? Wow. Stupid. Someones really ascared of these "good ole boys"???