DEAR AMERICA: Is This Sorority’s Shirt Featuring a Black Man Eating Watermelon Racist?

Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 9.37.21 AMIs our PC culture being hyper sensitive or did this sorority cross the line?

A sorority at Samford University has come under fire for its decision to feature a black man eating a watermelon next to people picking cotton on its T-shirts.

The Alpha Delta Pi chapter at the school in the Birmingham, Ala., suburbs included the offensive images on a vintage-style map of their state.

Samford University said it had denied the sisters’ request to make the shirts for their spring formal, but they made them anyway.

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Ensuing outrage over the images’ racist connotations led to rapid-fire apologies from the university, the sorority and its international organization.

“In selecting the T-shirt, we failed to focus on the specific images in the design,” ADPi Samford chapter president Lauren Hammond said, adding the shirts will be destroyed.

 

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