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Students Busted For Racist 'Ghetto Fabulous' Party

UPDATED: 10:22 am PDT October 13, 2006

AUSTIN, Texas -- A group of first-year law students at the University of Texas at Austin has been chided by the dean for participating in a "Ghetto Fabulous"-themed costume party and posting pictures from it online.

The party is the latest racially insensitive incident to emerge from the university, which has struggled for years to boost minority enrollment and make students of color feel welcome.

"Among the many ways to happily party in Austin, this particular one was singularly heedless and odious," Dean Larry Sager said in an e-mail Friday to the law school's student body.

Nick Transier, a first-year student who attended the party in September and posted pictures on his Web site, said nobody meant to offend anyone of any race.

"We had no intention by any measure to choose a group or class of people and make fun of them," said Transier, 26, of Houston.

But the photos -- in which partygoers carried 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor and wore Afro wigs, necklaces with large medallions and name tags bearing traditionally black and Hispanic names -- upset some black law students, said Sophia Lecky, president of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society.

"I just thought overall that it was kind of insensitive, that it was mocking a group of people or a class of people in just a real stereotypical or negative way," said Lecky, whose group aims to improve the academic and social climate for black UT law students.

Sager met with about 18 students who were at the party and said he is convinced they didn't think their actions would offend classmates. No disciplinary action was planned.

Transier said he and other partygoers have apologized to members of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society.

About 70 of UT's roughly 1,300 law students are black, according to preliminary enrollment figures. There are about 800 white students, 225 Hispanic students, 75 Asian students, 55 foreign students and 75 whose ethnicities were unknown.

Former UT President Larry Faulkner ordered sweeping changes in curriculum and culture in 2004 after a series of incidents that included the egging of the Martin Luther King Jr. statue and fraternity parties where blacks were portrayed in Jim Crow racial stereotypes.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed

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yes_justice
Oct. 13th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
"We had no intention by any measure to choose a group or class of people and make fun of them,

Sad part is that lying fuck will probally become a lawyer.
cumaeansibyl
Oct. 14th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)
And a very good one. He's got the lingo down.
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denim_queen
Oct. 13th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
Some children learn not to do things by being in Time Out; some learn not to do things by getting a swift hard swat on the butt.

Whitefolks have been in Time Out for way too long. I think we should look at different methods of punishment.
denim_queen
Oct. 13th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
*sighs* This doesn't even surprise me anymore.
papi
Oct. 13th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
Nick Transier, a first-year student who attended the party in September and posted pictures on his Web site, said nobody meant to offend anyone of any race.

Nobody ever "means to" anymore, do they...
witchsistah
Oct. 13th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
So much for young folks being somehow more progressive and enlightened than their elders when it comes to race.
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mizcrank
Oct. 13th, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
your icon just made me spit water. simple, yet so right for this comment.
fightingwords
Oct. 13th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
LOL.
cosmorific
Oct. 14th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
GIP!
1_timeonly
Oct. 13th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
The fact that those brats are going into law creeps me out.
i_dreamed_i_was
Oct. 13th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
IAW all of the above Cs.
kelleah
Oct. 13th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
Wait. This is my favorite part!

Sager met with about 18 students who were at the party and said he is convinced they didn't think their actions would offend classmates. No disciplinary action was planned.

So basically you're saying that they said they didn't think anybody would mind. And you believe them, so, everything is okay. Riiiighht.

Why does this remind me of Chappelle's comedy special in D.C. when he told the story about his white friend speeding through the streets of NYC drunk as hell. And when the officer asked him why he was speeding, Dave's friend said, "I'm sorry, Officer. I didn't know I couldn't do that."

Only white folks can get away with anything because that they "didn't know any better".


Cracker Frat Boy: I didn't know I was being racist when I did that.

Whitey McCrackerton: Well, okay then. But don't let it happen again.

Sista Law Student: ...?
___flight_risk
Oct. 13th, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
Sager met with about 18 students who were at the party and said he is convinced they didn't think their actions would offend classmates. No disciplinary action was planned.

Well, since black law students are "acting white", then a coon show wouldn't bother them.
rubyphoenix
Oct. 14th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
i just got an idea to do a "white party" where all the black people act white. but then i realized that wouldn't work, because 1. the white people would just be like, "finally, black people are acting with some class and dignity" like the ignorant asses they are, and 2. half the damn white people act black their damn selves.
kristiangrrl
Oct. 14th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
And as law students, you learn that allegedly mistake of law is no excuse in determining criminal liability.

[/1L rant from crim law midterm prep notes]
robdyrdek
Oct. 13th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
We had no intention by any measure to choose a group or class of people and make fun of them

What? No, thats exactly what you were doing when you decided to throw a "ghetto fabulous" party. What other group would you portray? lol, he'll make a great lawyer with that blatant lie
tea_and_vinyl
Oct. 14th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
Your icon makes me laugh. Poor ?uestlove.
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cumaeansibyl
Oct. 14th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
Shit, he's found us out! CODE EGGSHELL, EVERYBODY, CODE EGGSHELL! THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!
tea_and_vinyl
Oct. 14th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
lol!! you are so wrong.
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cumaeansibyl
Oct. 14th, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
Course we don't. Nobody wants to have to practice what they preach, amirite?
afro_muse
Oct. 15th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
...except the token representative to "prove" they aren't racist
witchsistah
Oct. 14th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
Like I said in a post on LJ (either here or in a comm like sex_and_race), I think White folks shot their tolerance and racial harmony wad in the decade immediately after the Civil Rights Movement. That orgasm lasted until they elected Reagan. Basically, the '70s were as good as it was gonna get between Blacks and Whites, and it's time we all just copped to it.
eemahknee
Oct. 13th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
meanwhile
The real deal is that there was at least one LOG blacktard at this party or who knows these kids and gave them the A-OK to run with this. I say AT LEAST one because I am sure all these crackas or a large number of them have some black friends somewhere who consider them "a cool white boy"

stagger_lee77
Oct. 13th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
Re: meanwhile
LOG? what's that?
eemahknee
Oct. 14th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
Re: meanwhile
Lawrence Otis Graham....our kind of people type
stagger_lee77
Oct. 14th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
Re: meanwhile
ahh. thanks!
4vrsearchin
Oct. 14th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
I get really angry when oppressive folks imitate us.
rubyphoenix
Oct. 14th, 2006 12:19 am (UTC)
Sager met with about 18 students who were at the party and said he is convinced they didn't think their actions would offend classmates. No disciplinary action was planned.

sad part is, white people really can be that oblivious.
shaniquafromh
Oct. 14th, 2006 01:26 am (UTC)
afro wigs?? wow
gal_montag
Oct. 14th, 2006 02:00 am (UTC)
"We had no intention by any measure to choose a group or class of people and make fun of them,"

Which is why it was a "ghetto fabulous" party rather than an "oh them crazy negros" party, which is what Brock and Stephen wanted to call it. But I fought that tooth and nail because it would have been racist. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got a tennis date with Buffy and Katie.
stickykeys633
Oct. 16th, 2006 08:47 am (UTC)
This is why I hate Austin. My friend tried to say that Austin was diverse. I hastened to agree,

"Austin is diverse in that there are several different types of white people."
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