Many calling for MSU student to be expelled after Instagram post about African American football kicker
UPDATE - The Delta Gamma sorority has confirmed that MSU student Reyna Muck is no longer a member of their organization as of October 26, 2016. The sorority declined to comment whether Ms. Muck had left the sorority by choice, or if she was removed by Delta Gamma. The sorority released the following statement regarding the matter:
"Delta Gamma is committed to diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious affiliation, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, physical disability or other characteristics protected by state or federal law. Membership is open to women and transgender persons who identify themselves as women. Delta Gamma encourages an atmosphere which will foster the high ideals of friendship among women, promote their educational and cultural interests, create in them a true sense of social responsibility and develop in them the best qualities of character."
A Michigan State University student is under fire for a controversial post that has now gone viral.
The freshman posed with someone in a gorilla suit appearing to mock an African-American high school kicker from Midland. The MSU student has been identified as Reyna Muck. She attended a high school football game last weekend in Midland. The game was between Dow and Midland High School football teams. Ashton Brooks, an African-American girl, is the star kicker for the Midland Dow Chargers. Muck took a picture with someone in the gorilla costume at the game, and captioned the photo: "got a pic with Dows kicker". The photo was then posted on Instagram. The post quickly went viral.
Brooks' brother Malcolm is outraged and says "it hurts to be in a world where that's still a thing". Backlash has been swift on social media. The photo has been shared online with many posting to Michigan State's Facebook page calling for the student to be expelled from the university and removed from her sorority.
Mucks' mother issued a statement to a Mid-Michigan TV station saying: This poor little girl, I hope she's ok. My understanding is that no one is upset with each other, it's the other people who have posted these things creating an invitation to harm my daughter. My daughter was stupid and she did the wrong thing. She's sorry for it and she will change. She isn't racist. She doesn't hate."
MSU Spokesman Jason Cody also issued a statement:
The President of the National Pan Hellenic Council issued a statement which reads:
We, NPHC, are sickened by the behavior displayed by Ms. Muck and expect that both the Panhellenic Council and Delta Gamma’s National leadership handles this incident thoroughly as it has significantly affected our MSU community, and specifically the Black community. Meanwhile, we are looking to work with all Greek councils to ensure unity among everyone.