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Frat Suspended After Racist, Watermelon-Featured MLK Day Party

Fraternity Suspended After Throwing MLK Day Party with Watermelon Cups

A fraternity at Arizona State University was suspended this week after throwing (and I can't believe I'm actually writing this) a particularly offensive Martin Luther King, Jr. Day party, in which participants dressed in basketball jerseys, flashed gang signs and drank from watermelon shaped cups.

"This isn't appropriate at all and you really have no business dressing like this on a day that's sort of revered for African-Americans," said ASU senior Frank Hogan after seeing some of the pictures. "I think this represents the ignorance that still exists today. This is just one example of the kind of things that occur here," stated Kaajal Koranteng, also a senior.

A spokesman from the local chapter who would only identify himself as Cole would not comment on the party or investigation. Rather, he told CBS 5 News to contact the national organization for TKE. "We are aware of the situation. We have been contacted and we have been in contact with the local chapter and the university," explained Patrick Gleason, the director of Compliance and Housing for the national organization, based out of Indianapolis.

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