As members of the Duke greek community, the National Pan-Hellenic Council feels obligated to reach out to our fellow greeks, the brothers of Kappa Sigma fraternity. Too often in years past, Duke fraternities have hosted parties with themes that marginalize and ostracize entire minority populations based on misguided representations. This level of ignorance is antagonistic to the principles on which many of our organizations were founded. When an essential part of one’s identity is used as a point of laughter for another group’s amusement, the extent of damage caused cannot be overstated. We are speaking out against this type of conduct, but also against the fundamental belief that such insensitivity is permissible among leaders of the Duke community. We call upon the brothers of Kappa Sigma fraternity, and indeed all greeks, to reflect upon our principles. Is this what we truly aspire to represent?
Kyle Jones, Trinity ’13
President, National Pan-Hellenic Council