University is supposed to be a time for nurture, growth and learning; to meet new people from new cultures and glean things about other people, not to bow down to aggressively racist stereotyping for 'fun'.
But that's what the girls of Penn State University did. A sorority photo of theirs depicts a rather unsavoury scene. Dozens of girls all dressed up in 'Mexican' attire - ponchos, sombreros and fake moustaches - while holding signs that say "will mow lawn for weed + beer" and "I don't cut grass I smoke it". Apart from being awful jokes, they're inherently racist ones at that, suggesting that the people of Mexico only cut grass and have a habit of drug abuse. Shame on you, girls. "The Mexican American Student Association is disappointed in the attire chosen by this sorority," the MASA said in a statement. "It in no way represents our culture. Not only have they chosen to stereotype our culture with serapes and sombreros, but the insinuation about drug usage makes this image more offensive. Our country is plagued by a drug war that has led to the death of an estimated 50,000 people, which is nothing to be joked about."
Penn State have issued their own statement: "Due to the discovery of an "offensive" photo by the Penn State Panhellenic Council, one sorority at Penn State is under investigation by the PHC's executive board, according to a statement released by the board."
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