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Frat Makes Pledges Act Like Slaves as Part of Racist Hazing Game

Another esteemed fraternal organization upholds the ethos of the Greek system.

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Another day, another fraternity participating in acts that involve hazing, racism, abuse and just generally being awful.

This time, the frat in hot water is the Florida State University chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon. According to a complaint filed on January 29, pledges were forced to participate in a game called "Old South," which entailed them acting like slaves from the pre-Civil War South while serving drinks to their future fraternity bros. They were also blindfolded, stripped of their phones and wallets, driven to a spot roughly 150 miles from the school’s Tallahassee campus and told to find their way back.

Who, after all that, wouldn’t want to pay monthly dues to hang out with the cool sadists who thought this stuff up?

The allegations, which date back to 2013, were made via FSU’s hazing website (which, unfortunately, is apparently a real and necessary thing) on February 3. The charges were posted by an anonymous TKE member and 2015 graduate who said he waited until post-commencement to inform administrators about the incident.

FSU administrators immediately suspended the frat. FSU.com reports several members were expelled for conduct that does "not meet the standards of Tau Kappa Epsilon."

Because of the extensive period of time between the incident and the date it was reported, no criminal charges will be filed.

FSU president John Thrasher issued a statement condemning the fraternity’s alleged actions.

"Florida State University has worked diligently throughout its history to be an academic environment that values diversity and respects every student," Thrasher reportedly wrote. "The actions taken by Student Affairs were strong and swift. Racist behavior demeans every one of us and we will not permit it to represent this university."

Kali Holloway is a senior writer and the associate editor of media and culture at AlterNet.

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