County leaders join call for expulsion over racist ASU frat party
PHOENIX -- Two Maricopa County officials have joined the calls for harsh punishment for an Arizona State University fraternity who hosted a racially-themed party ahead of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and state Sen. Steve Gallardo called for Tau Kappa Epsilon to be punished in a letter to ASU President Michael Crow.
The fraternity held a "MLK Black Party" that was full of racial stereotypes, something both officials deemed worthy of expulsion.
"The current members of the TKE fraternity who participated in this shameful event do not represent ASU and don't belong in this school," the letter read.
The officials both said they would support a decision from ASU that doled out the harshest punishment possible on both the students and fraternity.
On Wednesday, Valley civil rights activist Rev. Jarrett Maupin told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR's Mac & Gaydos he wanted the fraternity banned, the involved students expelled and a college-wide class on racial sensitivity to be offered.
To read the full letter, click here.