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Via College Reform

The Quinnipiac University sorority chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta canceled a charity event after a poster promoting the event, featuring maracas, offended a Latina student.

As reported by The Quinnipiac Chronicle last week, senior Political Science major Lexie Gruber posted on Facebook and twitter that the Kappa Alpha Theta advertisement for its “Queso for CASA event” featuring a pair of maracas upset her for its cultural insensitivity. The event wasaimed at raising money for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), an organization that aids foster children going through the court system.

“The reason was I was offended, it wasn’t just because of the ad, no rational person would be offended because of maracas.”

Gruber saw the ad on her Twitter feed and tweeted “Philanthropy with a side of cultural appropriation and stereotypes. So shameful.” The tweet spread and led to the organizers cancelling the event.

Gruber also posted on the Facebook page of Carly Hviding, a Kappa Alpha Theta member and the Quinnipiac Student Government Association’s Vice President for Public Relations, telling her that she supported the philanthropy, but “ask that you respect the culture of others and do not appropriate it in stereotypical and offensive ways. I don’t mean any harm; just want to point that out.”

“The reason was I was offended, it wasn’t just because of the ad, no rational person would be offended because of maracas. It hasn’t been just about the symbols on the posters. The event in the past years, they have been dressed up as Mexican people, wearing ponchos and sombreros. I just didn’t understand, why race had to be a theme,” she told Campus Reform. “Race shouldn’t ever be a theme, would they sell Chinese food and wear Asian conical hats? I don’t think race or ethnicity should ever be themes. These are very important to people.”[…]

Gruber faced backlash from some students at Quinnipiac, but told Campus Reform that the members of Kappa Alpha Theta never attacked her for her remarks.

Gruber seemed blown away at how her Facebook comments and her tweets had caused such a controversy.

“I don’t think cancelling the event was reasonable. I think everybody was outraged, that [Queso for CASA] was cancelled. Everybody thought I had gone to the school to get it cancelled. I didn’t, I just sent out a Tweet, only had roughly 100 followers so I didn’t think it was going to go anywhere. I hope that this blows over, first of all it was never racist, it was just culturally insensitive,” she told Campus Reform.

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