Arizona State University Fraternity Throws Offensive 'MLK Black Party' (Video)

| by Michael Allen

The Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity was suspended from Arizona State University (ASU) after the local chapter threw a "MLK Black Party" on Sunday.

The student party-goers posted pictures of themselves on social media wearing basketball jerseys, flashing gang signs and drinking from watermelon cups, reports CBS 5 (video below).

ASU called the unofficial party "misguided" and "offensive." Tau Kappa Epsilon reportedly held the party off campus without university permission.

"ASU has suspended chapter operations, can and will take additional action against the individuals involved, and is meeting with the national TKE organization today to take further action," ASU spokeswoman Sharon Keeler told the Phoenix New Times.

"ASU has one of the most diverse student bodies of any major university in the country, and it is unfortunate that a few misguided individuals held an offensive party at a time when ASU, the state and the nation are celebrating Dr. King's achievements and legacy. The university will not tolerate this kind of behavior," added Keeler.

Patrick Gleason, of the national TKE chapter, told CBS 5, "I'll be meeting with the school as well as the local chapter, as I said, to really flush out the details of this incident and get a full scope of what occurred, We have been in contact with the chapter and have been working with them to help them get back onto campus."

Sources: Phoenix New Times and CBS 5