Alabama sorority under fire for racist t-shirt depicting black man eating watermelon

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A sorority president at an Alabama university blames an “oversight” for her chapter’s decision to order T-shirts with an image of a black man eating watermelon.

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Samford University officials publicly apologized Friday for the offending shirts printed as keepsakes for the spring formal of Alpha Delta Pi, which could face disciplinary action. The shirts depict a map of Alabama marked with various images — including an illustration of a black man holding a big slice of watermelon.

Lauren Hammond, the sorority’s Samford chapter president, said in a statement that “we failed to focus on the specific images in the design. We are horrified by our oversight.”

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Hammond’s statement said sorority members were immediately told not to wear the shirts, which she said were being collected so they could be destroyed.

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