Tuesday , 23 April 2019

Fraternity accused of bigotry slammed for Scottish expansion

Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity
Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity

The Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (DKE), accused of bigotry, sexism and hazing, has received criticism from rights group for trying to expand into Scottish universities.

The elitist DKE, which counts five U.S. presidents among its former members – Rutherford B. Hayes, Theodore Roosevelt, Gerald Ford, George Bush Snr, and George W. Bush – has already set up a fraternity, known as a “chapter”, in Edinburgh University and an unconfirmed one in England’s Warwick University.

They now seek to expand to St Andrews and Glasgow universities, as well as other UK universities.

DKE has 52 active chapters across the USA and Canada and now, for the first time in its 172 years of existence, opened chapters outside North America and seeking to expand in the UK.

In North America DKE is infamous for sexism, nepotism and using abusive behaviour known as hazing rituals, where new initiates are subject to harassment, abuse or humiliation that sometimes involves dangerous activities.

Recently, DKE’s chapter at Louisiana State University (LSU) faced the prospect of a ban when it swung a homophobic banner mocking the NFL’s first openly gay player, Michael Sam.

The act was strongly criticised by LSU’s LGBTI rights group Spectrum who said DKE created an unwelcoming environment for LGBTI students.

The ban was only averted when DKE was forced to apologise.

The Yale founding chapter was excluded for five years in May 2011, after new members were videoed marching by the women’s student accommodation at Yale University’s campus chanting misogynistic slogans such as “No means yes! Yes means anal!”

In 1989, Colgate University banned DKE due to hazing rituals, with similar actions taken by Tulane University and Alberta University, in Edmonton, Canada.

Student and LGBTI rights campaigners expressed their concerns and criticism of DKE’s plans to set-up chapters in Scottish Universities.

Peter McColl, Rector of the University of Edinburgh, tweeted that he was very concerned by DKE’s plans “and have received assurances that the university will provide no support to any sexist frats.”

The University of St Andrews Students’ Association president, Pat Mathewson, warned that DKE would not be tolerated and said: “I would be very surprised if they were successful in setting up here.”

While Lani Baird, NUS Scotland’s LGBT Officer told KaleidoScot: “We’re against anything that discriminates against any of our students. NUS has a long and proud tradition of fighting prejudice and standing up for all student groups.

“Many students across Scotland will be concerned if DKE have developed in their city and we will work with local student associations to try to make sure no students face unacceptable behaviour as a result.”

Rob McDowall, Member of the Equality Council and Chair of the LGBT Network was critical of DKE’s expansion into the country’s universities, stating: “Organisations like DKE thrive through division while fostering an environment of homophobia, bigotry and misogyny.

“Scotland is a tolerant and welcoming country and our university students don’t need to be exposed to orgies of hate and humiliation. Let’s hope the universities see sense and rid Scotland’s students of the influence of this insidious organisation.”

Watch DKE initiates chant misogynistic slurs in Yale University:

About Dan Littauer

Dan Littauer is a journalist who specializes in LGBTI current affairs, travel writing, feature writing and investigative journalism. He is a correspondent for LGBTQ Nation, ManAboutWorld, and previously worked for Gay Star News, PinkNews, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, Gay Middle East, Lonely Planet as well as contributing occasionally to the BBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN and The Guardian. He also had an extensive career outside journalism, which included teaching psychoanalysis and social science, and consultancy work for the travel market. When he is not busy writing, he can be spotted rambling around the stunning Scottish landscape, where he lives, spending time at home with his cat.

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9 comments

  1. Sorry bro, we're here forever. Nice clickbait though.

    • Oh God! Competition for the Bullingdon Club. How many offensive faces does upper class elitism have? A plague on both their houses.

  2. We are going no where at all bro! Scotland here we come. England next and then the world.

    😀

  3. *Lani Baird, not Lari

  4. This article is basically:

    -Herp derp, 50 out of 200,000 people in a 150 year old organization are assholes, therefore they all are assholes.

    -12 drunk freshman said rapey things and got in a lot of trouble for it, please ignore DKE's participation in Reclaim the Night. Also please ignore the dozens of disgusting chants and sexual assaults committed by this country's Rugby teams, sports teams are not the same for some reason.

    -One example of homophobia puts off other examples of acceptance such as:
    http://amherststudent.amherst.edu/?q=article/2014

    -George Bush is bad

    What absolute trash.

  5. The friendship has already evolved into a brotherhood. Reactionaries can accuse us of being things we're not, but we're always be the best of friends. As we say, "Friends from the Heart, Forever".

    -Edinburg

  6. Harry Reegis-Browne

    What a load of codswallop, we are a loving fraternity… Remember we are entitled to our views like any other group. You wouldn't tell a Muslim society to like gays and to treat women as equals would you? These were isolated incidents. My personal view of gays doesn't affect my role or my studies. Typical British scaremongering!

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