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Kanye can say it; UNH students can't sing along

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September 21. 2017 6:53PM

Members of the Alpha Phi sorority at UNH will not be disciplined for singing the N-word and posting it online. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent)

“I ain’t saying she a gold digger,

But she ain’t messin’ with no broke n*****.”

It’s been 12 years since Kanye West hit #1 with “Gold Digger.”

The young women currently attending the University of New Hampshire were in grade school at the time, but apparently, they appreciate the classics.

Someone posted video of members of Alpha Phi sorority, singing and dancing along to the song, to the “All Eyes on UNH” Facebook page this week, complaining that the video of many white women using the n-word “is a showcase of ignorance.”

This Orwellian group aims to “expose injustice at UNH.” It has exposed its own intolerance for students having some fun.

Dean John T. Kirkpatrick wrote an email saying, “The use of that word runs counter to our values.” He also reported the sorority to its national chapter.

All for singing along to a Kanye West song, not quoting from the Klan handbook. Of course, both would be constitutionally protected speech, safe from the censure of a state university. UNH said yesterday that it was not investigating Alpha Phi, as it had previously stated.

UNH has no business policing which songs students can sing at a sorority. Administrators need not leap into action whenever someone gets offended on social media.

If the sisters of Alpha Phi want to sing, we say, as West put it, “get down, girl, go 'head, get down.”


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