Fraternity Under Fire For Sexist Kaepernick Banner
'Kaepernick sits when he pees’
Last Sunday, San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick kept his sit-down streak alive by taking a knee during the national anthem before a game against Carolina. Kaepernick’s actions over the past month have provoked a much-needed national debate about race, patriotism, and even the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Recently, a fraternity at Louisiana State University has come under fire for protesting his actions with a misogynistic banner.
While many who disagree with Kaepernick’s actions have added to the debate, LSU’s Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity took the opportunity to hang a banner on their house which serves no purpose but to further the sexist frat-boy stereotype. “Oh say can you see Kaepernick sits when he pees” the banner hung on the DKE house September 10th read. Their actions prompted the The Coalition of LSU Student Organizations Committed to Community to write a letter to LSU’s Dean of Students calling for DKE to be reprimanded for the sign as well as previous transgressions.
The letter says:
This is not the first time this fraternity has posted inflammatory banners. DKE has repeatedly displayed language and imagery on campus that many in the LSU community consider highly offensive, racist, misogynistic, and homophobic.
While we acknowledge their first amendment right to free speech even when that speech expresses unpopular ideas, we believe it’s highly important to formally state that such behavior fosters a hostile campus environment for a large number of students.
The Dean has yet to publicly respond to the Coalition of LSU Student Organizations Committed to Community’s request.