McDaniel College Upset Over 'Racist' BET-CMT Party

| by Michael Allen

Male and female students at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. recently staged a "CMT versus BET" party, which has been described as "racist" by some observers.

The party, held off campus in January, was based on Country Music Television (CMT) and Black Entertainment Television (BET), reports The McDaniel Free Press, a student newspaper.

The party was held by members of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

The young women dressed in country music attire such as cutoff shorts, plaid shirts and cowboy boots, while the men wore gold chains, baggy pants and backward baseball caps often associated with black rappers.

McDaniel College Vice President for Student Affairs Beth Gerl said last Wednesday that "any event that promotes negative stereotypes or disrespect of others is reprehensible," noted the Daily Mail.

The Phi Sigma Sigma and Phi Delta Theta national headquarters both promised to hold their members accountable if any rules were broken.

According to CBS Baltimore, Phi Sigma Sigma, said in a statement, "Phi Sigma Sigma finds the actions associated with this event inappropriate… The issue has been brought to the attention of Phi Sigma Sigma’s International Standards Board, and our collegiate women will be held accountable for their actions.”

The Black Student Union (BSU) President, Serena Hueitt, told The McDaniel Free Press, “The BSU is trying to change the way others view people of African-American descent and dressing up seems to play into the stereotypes of people of African-American descent. I don’t think it’s right to do that.”

Sources: Daily Mail, The McDaniel Free Press, CBS Baltimore