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Alleged ‘Border Patrol’ frat party under investigation by dean for insensitivity

So this will get you investigated at the University of Texas-Austin: wearing “ponchos, sombreros and construction gear … army camouflage outfits, construction hard hats with the names ‘Jefe’ and ‘Pablo Sanchez’ written on them, reflective vests and work gloves.”

The Daily Texan reports that the dean of students has started an investigation into the Phi Gamma Delta chapter, commonly known as Texas Fiji, for a party with the alleged theme “Border Patrol” where some guests dressed up using Mexican stereotypes.

Themed parties – this one was formally “Western” – are so radioactive that they are the subject of frat and sorority discussions with administrators “several times per year” around “cultural sensitivity.”

Activists are calling for blood:

The Longhorn League of United Latin American Citizens and Latino Community Affairs also co-signed and launched a letter of concern to the University community on Monday that urged administrators to implement “proper repercussions” for groups that “promote the ridicule of different cultures.”

“We have created this petition in order to express our concern at the reoccurrence of these themed parties and to ask for your support in denouncing these parties,” the letter stated. “There has to be an end to these parties.”

According to the Associated Press, the dean’s office is looking into “whether or not it was freedom of speech, whether or not it was hate, whether or not it was a violation” of school rules, which could subject Texas Fiji to “sanctions.”

The Daily Texan previously said decorations at the party “included painted photo cutout boards of people dressed in traditional Mexican attire. The bar was painted to resemble a Mexican flag, with the shape of Texas in the middle.”

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