The Common Good
March-April 2002

Re-Education Camp

by Rose Marie Berger, Jodi Hochstedler | March-April 2002

In Auburn, Alabama, two all-white fraternities wore blackface and Ku Klux Klan robes to
Halloween parties; some even simulated a lynching. Both frats have been suspended.

In Auburn, Alabama, two all-white fraternities wore blackface and Ku Klux Klan robes to Halloween parties; some even simulated a lynching. Both frats have been suspended. The national president of Omega Psi Phi, the black fraternity lampooned at the parties, called for more severe disciplinary action and a public apology. Wes Williams, Auburn University's vice president for student affairs, said the school would pursue the investigations aggressively. "Thirty-seven years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act," Williams said, "there is no acceptable explanation for the appearance of students in KKK robes or blackface."

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