Contact: Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA, firstname.lastname@example.org
On the afternoon of October 8, 2015, hundreds of students took to Bruin Plaza to march through campus in solidarity with the Afrikan Student Union, in protest of the actions of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the Alpha Phi sorority. In a “theme” party held two nights prior, white students from both the fraternity and the sorority were seen wearing blackface and costumes caricaturing Black culture.
Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA finds the actions of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the Alpha Phi sorority deplorable, and are in solidarity with the Afrikan Student Union in their efforts to combat this aggression toward the Black community at UCLA. As an organization who staunchly opposes any and all forms of systemic and institutionalized bigotry, racism and oppression, we recognize the failures of the University of California as an academic institution to properly address the repeated marginalization of underrepresented students, particularly students of color at UCLA. In light of the fact these and similar incidents happen repeatedly at this university, we recommit ourselves to being in solidarity with ASU and to being vigilant about anti-blackness in our own communities.