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University of Chicago Frat Pulls Racist, Homophobic Prank On Black Mail Carrier

A racist, homophobic prank pulled by a bunch of frat boys at the University of Chicago is drawing some criticism, and deservedly so.

U. S. Postal Service carrier, Iran Becton, was the butt of the joke that the members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity apparently found oh so funny.

This is what happened, according to Becton:

“About a week after Memorial Day, I had an order to bring 79 of the boxes. I came to the address and explained to the frat member that I would have a lot more supplies. I went back to the truck for the boxes about six or seven times. After the last trip, one of the frat guys came out and said it was a practical joke. Another guy said that I should read the name backwards and I’ll get the joke.”

All 79 of the boxes were addressed to “Reggin Toggaf.” Written backward, the first name is a racial slur. The last name is a slur for gay men.

“I was humiliated,” Becton said, who is black.

Becton spoke with the Phi Delta Theta’s former president and was told that the prank was a practical joke between fraternities not intended to offend, the Chicagoist reported.

The university, the Postal Service and the company that shipped the boxes are all promising an investigation.

“Someone had to send an email to order those boxes, and the postal inspector should go after the person who ordered all this stuff," Becton said. "This is ridiculous that all you can tell me is that you are sorry it happened.”

Sources: Chicagoist, Chicago Sun Times 


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