Racist texts in group post lead to impeachment of Alpha Phi president, dismissal of member
Alpha Phi member Kylie Klueger sent a racist text in a private group message with some of her sisterhood sisters, including Alpha Phi president Katherine Anthony. On Thursday, the sorority ousted Anthony from his post as president and terminated Klueger’s membership.
Anthony and Klueger did not return The Crimson White’s requests for comment sent on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
“I’m going yack, it smells so bad in here,” Anthony wrote from inside a Tuscaloosa bar. Another member agreed, before Klueger wrote, “cigs, weed and black girl”.
Screenshots of the original group post circulated online earlier this week, followed by screenshots of the official Alpha Phi group posts. Members’ names have been redacted from official sorority group messages.
The screenshots were originally posted in an Instagram story by @bamabarbz, a Nicki Minaj stan account managed by four AU students, after an Alpha Phi member anonymously provided them to the account. One of the students who manages the account contributes to the culture and opinion bureaus of The Crimson White.
Some members anonymously confirmed their intention to leave the sorority because of the sorority’s messages and response, but told The Crimson White that they could not speak publicly until the process was completed to avoid the sorority. violation of the Alpha Phi Membership Agreement.
Alpha Phi’s social media contract states that “Chapter Business sharing will not be tolerated”. If the Section initiates its “Emergency Social Media Procedures”, members should refrain from making statements on behalf of the Section.
Alpha Phi posted a statement on his Instagram page on Thursday and disabled comments on the post. The statement confirmed the president’s removal from her post and said the section’s judicial council process was underway.
“We categorically condemn this racist behavior and understand that we must do more to uphold the shared values of our organization,” the statement said. “We deeply apologize for the racist behavior displayed by the former member and the prejudice and trauma this text message has caused to members of the Alabama community and the general public. As Alpha Phis, we are aiming for to celebrate diversity and do our part to make Alabama more inclusive. Unfortunately, the recent actions of those affiliated with our organization do not meet the standards we hold for our members. “
Alpha Phi has come under intense scrutiny in recent years. In 2015, the chapter removed a recruiting video from YouTube after it gained national attention for being “racially and aesthetically homogeneous. ” Three years later, Harley Barber’s membership has been terminated and she was kicked out of college after a video of her multiple racial slurs was released.
“We worked so hard to build from this [racist] reputation, and our own exec [executive board members] are the ones who bring back that reputation, ”wrote an anonymous member in the group post.
One member wrote that sorority leaders seemed more focused on “stalking our social media for a photo we look drunk or not wearing enough clothes than on the girls we are making offers to as well” .
Abby Hunt, acting sorority chairman and vice chairman of health, wellness and accountability, posted a message in sorority’s GroupMe urging members not to speak to the media. Hunt did not respond to The Crimson White’s request for comment sent Wednesday.
In response to Hunt’s post, an anonymous member wrote in the group post that she would not “lie on behalf of the chapter” if asked about the situation. She said she “lost patience a long time ago when the chapter president abandoned everyone.”
In a message from the Alpha Phi group, the members expressed their outrage at the lack of communication on the situation from their leaders.
“Are you really going to leave us all in the dark to deal with this?” A member wrote.
The Alabama Pan-Hellenic Association did not respond to a request for comment sent Wednesday, and the Office of Fellowship and Sorority Life directed the requests to the university.
“Communication is offensive, disappointing and contrary to the University’s core values which emphasize collegiality, respect and inclusiveness,” said Monica Watts, AU Associate Vice President of Communications, in a statement. “We expect our students and our organizations to reinforce and enhance these values and to appreciate when they hold each other accountable. The University takes these behaviors seriously and is committed to building a more inclusive community, which will require the continuous and constant work of all of us.
Watts said the University is planning a campus-wide initiative early next semester “to help our campus continue to develop the strategies needed to collectively build a better community.”
Alpha Phi International did not respond to requests for comment.