The Fairfield University students who attended an off-campus “ghetto party” can’t wrap their heads around what they did wrong. This small prestigious college in Fairfield, Connecticut, has made national news this week after a weekend “ghetto party” held by students off-campus caused outrage. This ghetto-themed party came complete with costumes of baggie pants and gold chains.
While Fairfield University probes this disturbing themed-party, it appears those in attendance don’t see what all the fuss is about, even making fun of the outrage via posts on social media. According to the Huffington Post on February 23, students who attended the party questioned what the problem is with this gathering, with one student stating he knows a lot of white people from the ghetto.
Another student took took to Facebook to say, “I am offended that the ghetto party was turned into a race issue. I know plenty of ghetto white people. #whitelivesmatter, #ghetto&proud.” Another student equated the party with Halloween saying ‘s like Halloween, where I’m dressed as a gangster. Nobody said anything then,” student Brian Mason told the Connecticut Post.
Another student equated a ghetto party with something as generic as a “hot dog party” writing: “I wore a hot dog costume to this party and now feel that my actions have caused emotional harm to all of the hot dog community. Specifically I would like to apologize to Mr. Oscar Meyer as I did not mean to portray your weiner in a negative fashion.”
Fairfield University junior Iman Jebara told Fox 61 that some of her friends attended the party. She described seeing one photo from the party that showed a woman wearing a white tank top with a ball shoved underneath to look as if she were pregnant, with a caption asking “who’s the daddy.”
There were plenty of students on campus who did not attend this party and saw this ghetto-themed affair as disturbing and racist. The New York Times spoke with the university’s spokesperson who said that 78 percent of the undergraduate students identified themselves as “white” when enrolling.
The university has sent out a statement conveying that they are investigating this “culturally insensitive party,” by “working to understand the details,” according to the Huffington Post. It is hard to say what was more disturbing today, hearing about the party or learning the students do not realize what they did was so wrong?