Sorority, Samford University Apologize for Racist T-Shirt

The national chapter of Alpha Delta Pi and Samford University have apologized for a local sorority chapter's commissioning of a T-shirt that features an African-American man eating watermelon. Facebook

A sorority in Alabama apologized on Friday for a T-shirt that it made depicting a racially offensive image of an African-American person eating a piece of watermelon.

Stacy Bruton, the international president of Alpha Delta Pi, issued a public apology and said the organization will investigate how its chapter at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, was able to commission the making of the T-shirt.

"We are deeply disappointed in the choices made by the Samford chapter and add our sincerest apologies to those expressed by the chapter," Bruton said.

Philip Poole, Samford’s executive director of communication, has released the following statement on behalf of the...

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The front of the T-shirt, which was made for the sorority's spring formal, showed an image of an African-American person eating a slice of watermelon inside an illustration of the southern U.S. state, news website reported.

The private university, attended by 5,200 students, said in a statement the image is "completely inconsistent with the university's mission and values" and it will also investigate the incident. The school said the T-shirt was made even after it was rejected during a review process. reported that Samford President Andrew Westmoreland personally apologized to students and employees in an email.