Autocorrecting “Ninjas”


Photo published with Gawker article

In a Gawker article UofA Girl Kicked Out of Sorority After “NO Niggas!!!!!” Snapchat  Allie Jones questions whether the claim that sorority alumnae were behind last year’s discriminatory practices during sorority rush was accurate.

The offending Snapchat—a selfie that also featured a yellow heart emoji, a red heart emoji, the “no good” girl emoji, and the “OMG girl” emoji—was sent on Bid Day this past Saturday, according to Alabama officials. Bid Day, for those (literally) uninitiated, is when sororities formally hand out invitations to join them after the rush period. Everyone wears matching t-shirts and runs around screaming for hours. (In the Snapchat you can see at least one girl was enjoying a morning mimosa.)

The university is still investigating the Snapchat incident, so the girl who sent it probably isn’t in trouble with the school yet, but she was kicked out of Chi O. In an email to students, Alabama President Judy Bonner wrote, “We are all extremely disappointed when any student uses language that is disrespectful or offensive to any segment of the UA community. We are especially sad that this incident occurred on a day that was an exciting and happy one for the young women who participated in fall recruitment.”

Before Bonner sent that email, Chi O stans speculated on Total Sorority Move that the photo had been doctored or was the unfortunate result of an autocorrect error. (Apparently, Alabama sorority girls’ phones are autocorrecting “ninjas” to “niggas” all the time.) But nah, some girl really sent that Snapchat to all her friends.

When it was first revealed last year that Alabama sororities were systematically blocking black women from joining them, undergrads blamed their alumnae, claiming that this older, racist cohort instructed them to do so. This incident obviously undermines that claim.


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