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USRacist frat party photos raise questions about Mississippi lieutenant governor

23:50  08 february  2019
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JACKSON, Miss. — As politicians across the country face increasing scrutiny over their high school and college yearbooks, photographs of Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ college fraternity wearing confederate Army clothing have resurfaced, as well as stories about a racist 1994 party.

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Reeves was a member of Kappa Alpha at Millsaps College when the fraternity threw a party featuring Afro wigs and Confederate flags tied around pledges' necks. Some attendees were allegedly in blackface and used racial slurs in a confrontation with two students.

Images from Reeves' college yearbook were published Friday on the website of a Democratic super PAC American Bridge. The story was also reported by the Huffington Post.

Reeves is the Republican front-runner in the 2019 governor's race.

After the Senate adjourned Friday morning, Reeves, through a spokeswoman, declined an interview.

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His spokeswoman, Laura Hipp, provided this statement: "As a quick Google search will show, Lt. Gov. Reeves was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. Like every other college student, he did attend costume formals and other parties, and across America, Kappa Alpha’s costume formal is traditionally called Old South in honor of the Civil War veteran who founded the fraternity in the 1800s."

According to a 1994 article by the Associated Press, "Millsaps faculty and staff committee concluded a number of fraternity members on Oct. 8 went on an all-night drinking spree, donned Afro wigs and tied large Confederate flags around their necks."

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One student accused fraternity members of shouting the N-word, according to The Purple & White, the student newspaper at Millsaps.

Photographs from yearbooks of Millsaps College show members of Kappa Alpha in Confederate Army garb while Reeves was a member. It's unclear whether Reeves is in the photographs.

Racist frat party photos raise questions about Mississippi lieutenant governor© Millsaps College Members of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity pose for a photo wearing Confederate army garb. This photo was in the 1994-1995 yearbook of Millsaps College.

The Purple & White reported that Kappa Alpha faced several punishments as a result of the party. The president of Millsaps banned Kappa Alpha from using the Confederate flag as a symbol of their fraternity and banned the fraternity from having parties until the following year.

Fraternity members were also required to pay for and attend sensitivity training.

That same fall, the Millsaps College chapter of Kappa Alpha received the J. Edgar Hoover award, an award for excellence from the fraternity's national organization.

The racist party and its aftermath apparently rocked the campus of the small liberal arts school in Jackson, according to coverage by The Purple & White.

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The student who accused fraternity members of using the N-word worked as a columnist at The Purple & White, but the paper also featured voices in support of the fraternity.

“It is interesting that the black students are the most vocal about punishment,” one student wrote. “After years of being powerless, pushed around, stepped on, and stereotyped, you would figure they would most of all understand that the actions of a few do not signify the belief of the whole.”

Contributing: Luke Ramseth, (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion Ledger. Follow Giacomo “Jack” Bologna on Twitter: @GBolognaCL

This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Racist frat party photos raise questions about Mississippi lieutenant governor

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When the picture surfaced earlier this month, Gov. Ralph Northam said it was the first time he had seen it . © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. "How can that be? It's on your yearbook page, governor," King said.   "Well, I was shocked to see it. And I really believe that the fact that if you look at the unpreparedness of me to react to this, both on Friday night and Saturday, that really confirms that this is the first time," Northam said. He now said this is a teaching moment for himself and the country.

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