University of New Hampshire sorority won't be punished for rapping N-word

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 22, 2017

Several sorority sisters at the University of New Hampshire are being investigated after video surfaced of a group of college women singing along to a Kanye West song that contained the N-word in its lyrics. It prompted other students to condemn the sorority's "ignorant and insensitive" behavior.

"A member of Alpha Phi Sorority put up this video of girls singing along to "Gold Digger" by Kanye West on her Instagram story", the post reads.

Centuries after its introduction to the USA vernacular, the N-word remains-justifiably-an extremely guarded term, with only Black people and select other minorities being able to use it without drawing the ire of folks from all over the country.

The All Eyes on UNH page said that the video "is a showcase of ignorance and that the Panhellenic Council should do better in combating racism". "The first step is addressing willful ignorance".

"If you know the lyrics so well, then you should know when the word is coming up and literally shut your mouth".

Writer Zeba Blay broke down why having to constantly explain to white people why they shouldn't say the n-word when singing along to rap songs is emotionally exhausting in a Huffington Post piece breaking down a scene from the Netflix show "Dear White People". It's ignorant and insensitive.

She continued, "Literally the N-word should never leave your mouth. If you are white and think this is OK, then you have some serious growing up to do".

Still, a large number of white students have sided with the sorority girls, saying they should be able to say the n-word. "Racism is so forced at UNH, I'm 100 percent positive that people of color have used the n-word in daily conversation which is worse than singing it in a famous song that's been around for years".

"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 pricks who hate free speech".

That statement somewhat conflicts with UNH Director of Media Relations Erika Mantz statement to NH1 News confirming that the school was investigating the incident.

"No disciplinary action has yet been taken by the university".

The post attracted attention from group members and the public alike, who criticized the club and some who also defended their right to free speech.

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