University fraternity says Black, gay and Jewish people should be ‘lynched’

A university fraternity in Ontario, Canada, allegedly traded slews of racist and homophobic jabs in a private online chat room. (Stock photograph via Elements Envato)

A fraternity at a Canadian university said that being gay, Black or Jewish is a reason to be “lynched” in an alleged Facebook group chat seething with hateful comments.

Delta Chi members at the University of Windsor, in Ontario, made slews of racist, anti-Black, homophobic and antisemitic barbs in the private chatroom, according to screen captures seen by PinkNews.

According to CBC Canada, the reported comments were exposed by two anti-racism student societies – university chiefs have since denounced the fraternity, calling the messages “disturbing” and “unacceptable”.

University fraternity members allegedly said ‘Black people were better as slaves’

A whistle-blower alleged in an email that members of the Delta Chi referred to Black Lives Matter protesters as “criminals” and “idiots” and: “Talked about how they hate Black people and that Black people were better as slaves.

“They describe how they wish they could own Black people as slaves, and they dream about the day there are less immigrants in Windsor and even shooting Indians.”

Members also spoke of recreating tortures enacted by the Klu Klux Klan and routinely used racial slurs, the source added, before claiming that they “talk about burning Jewish people”.

“This strategy of being an ally publicly while privately harbouring dangerous and racist views is all too common at University of Windsor,” they continued.

In a statement posted Thursday (26 November), University of Windsor president and vice-chancellor Dr Rob Gordon said the chats were: “Disturbing, unacceptable, and entirely incongruent with the values of our school and the work we are doing to create a more inclusive and equitable community at the University of Windsor.”

He sought to apologise and stressed that the university takes “responsibility for the progress we need to make to ensure that our campus protects the emotional, physical, and psychological safety of everyone in our community”.

“We will immediately be launching an investigation into this matter.”

PinkNews contacted the Windsor chapter of the Delta Chi fraternity for comment.

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ANALYSIS-Trump woos LGBT+ Americans as polls hand gay vote to Biden

NEW YORK, Oct 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Supporters say Donald Trump is the most gay-friendly president in history yet U.S. policy experts point to his record and polls show much stronger LGBT+ support for Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans have traditionally voted Democratic in greater numbers and polls suggest Tuesday’s presidential election will be no different, despite efforts to woo the LGBT+ community with a run of “Trump Pride” rallies and gay-friendly speeches.

Far more striking, analysts say, is the fast-rising acceptance among conservative Americans of LGBT+ rights, nudging the right to rethink its long-held views on sex, sexuality and gender identity.

“What is historic is this shift in attitudes towards LGBT attitudes in the U.S. in such a short span of time, which forces Republican candidates and the Republican party to reconsider its position,” said Gabriele Magni, a professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University.

“It’s not just about LGBTQ people, but about people who care about lesbian, gay and transgender rights and who care about equality,” Magni told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Support among Americans for same-sex marriage, largely seen as synonymous with backing wider LGBT+ rights, has risen to 62% from 36% in 2007, according to the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI).

Democrats still back same-sex marriage in greater numbers, the PRRI found, but positive sentiment has risen much faster among Republicans than among Democrats in the past decade, albeit from a lower base.

And the White House knows that could translate into more Republican votes among LGBT+ Americans come election day.

TARGET THE MILLIONS

An estimated 9 million LGBT+ adults are registered to vote in the United States, according to the Williams Institute, a research center at the University of California.

Roughly three in four LGBT+ registered voters said they were voting for Biden, against 17% who said they backed Trump, according to a recent report by U.S. LGBT+ advocacy group GLAAD.

The findings were consistent with exit polls from the past half century of presidential elections, where Republicans won about a fifth of the LGBT+ vote.

Yet the White House has gone out of its way to court the gay vote this year, holding half a dozen rallies in marginal states in the past several weeks.

It is a daring break with past presidential politics, say analysts, as U.S. conservatives have largely avoided – or at times actively targeted – LGBT+ Americans to appease the ‘family values’ beloved by many Christian conservatives.

Things have not always gone swimmingly with the new move.

At a “Trump Pride” event last week, his daughter Tiffany Trump was the headline speaker yet stumbled over the LGBT+ acronym – mangling initials and missing out the ‘T’ for transgender – even as she trumpeted her father’s credentials.

“I know what my father believes in. Prior to politics, he supported gays, lesbians, the LGBQIIA+ community,” the president’s fourth child said.

“My father has always supported all of you,’” she

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Assumption University professors show support for students, alumni who spoke out after college sent email message opposing gay marriage

A group of professors from Assumption University is showing support for current students and alumni who have spoken out against leadership at the Worcester institution after an email was sent with messages in opposition of gay marriage.

Last week, an email from the Campus Ministry went out to the student body in reference to the upcoming election and linked to a document by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The document referred to “same-sex marriage as an ‘evil’ comparable with racism, genocide, war, and human trafficking and should never be tolerated,” and “redefining civil marriage to include unions between non-heterosexual people is a ‘violation of human dignity,’” according to a letter from faculty.

“The conflation of same-sex civil marriage with human trafficking, genocide, racism and war is, in our opinion, shockingly irrational, harmful, and manifestly untrue. We are greatly dismayed by how alienating it must have been for our LGBTQIA+ students to read these words issued by the people with whom they have entrusted their intellectual and spiritual journeys, especially the many of them who find great solace in their faith,” the letter reads. “If history has taught us anything it is that humanity is a diverse group, with marriages and sexual desires varying widely across historical and cultural contexts.”

Dozens of current faculty members, as well as assistant professors, professors of practice, adjunct faculty and retired professors, have signed the letter.

The faculty members wrote that they support student requests to move the AU Allies out of Campus Ministry, dedicate resources to actual inclusion, and to change the student handbook, removing the following statement: “As a Catholic institution, the University supports the Church’s teaching that sexual relationships are morally legitimate only between a man and a woman exclusively within marriage.”

“We the undersigned dedicate our existing resources to supporting these efforts, in the form of programming offered through our affiliated committees and organizations on campus, our practices in our own classrooms and office hours, and our openness to talking to students about creating change on campus,” the letter reads. “However, the only true change can come from administrative support of their students – all of their students. We hope they follow through their statements of respect and inclusion with actual actions.”

Last week, dozens of alumni vowed to withhold donations to the university pending an apology from Assumption for the email from the Campus Ministry.

Assumption President Francesco Cesareo last week wrote that the university’s mission includes both educating students about the teachings of the Catholic Church, as well as treating the members of the LGBTQ community and its community, “each made in the image and likeness of God, with dignity, respect and compassion.”

“The University maintains its commitment to providing the campus community a welcoming and open environment, in which individuals are free to engage in reasonable and serious dialogue,” Cesareo continued.

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