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California IN BRIEF : SACRAMENTO : Fraternity Watched Over Racist Incident

From Times staff and Wire reports

A Cal State Sacramento fraternity will be monitored twice a month for its insensitivity toward blacks, university officials said. George Wayne, dean of students at the school, said the president of Delta Chi fraternity will have to meet with a student activities adviser once every two weeks for the rest of the year. Wayne’s action was in response to an incident last month during Greek Week. Three members of the fraternity were dressed in blackface and wigs, ready to perform as entertainers Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie. Black students saw the fraternity members and became concerned. The members eventually removed the makeup and wore only the wigs during the performance. “To me, it was a racist act in view of our history,” Wayne said. “I would like to think they wouldn’t be bold enough to perform a racist act in front of 1,000 people.”


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