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Fraternity at University of Chicago involved in racist, homophobic prank
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 12, 2013 | Mary Mitchell

Posted on 06/13/2013 4:05:07 PM PDT by re_tail20

U.S. Postal carrier Iran Becton doesn’t take kindly to being the butt of a frat joke.

He’s insulted that members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at the University of Chicago were involved in a racist prank that had him needlessly dragging postal supply boxes up to doors of their frat house at 56th and University.

“About a week after Memorial Day, I had an order to bring 79 of the boxes. I came to the address and explained to the frat member that I would have a lot more supplies. I went back to the truck for the boxes about six or seven times,” Becton said.

“After the last trip, one of the frat guys came out and said it was a practical joke. Another guy said that I should read the name backwards and I’ll get the joke.”

The items — all 79 of them — were addressed to “Reggin Toggaf.” Written backward, the first name is a racial slur. The last name is a slur for gay men.

“I was humiliated,” said Becton, an African American.

I was unable to reach any of the members of the Phi Delta Theta-Illinois Beta fraternity, whose address is listed on the university’s website, but no phone number.

But Mack Julion, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 11, said he paid a visit to the frat house last Saturday and spoke with the group’s former president.

“Their contention was it was a practical joke, but we don’t think it was funny, the letter carrier doesn’t think it was funny, and it doesn’t reflect well on the university,” Julion told me.

Julion said the fraternity told him the “joke” was being played on them and was not meant to offend Becton.

(Excerpt) Read more at suntimes.com ...


TOPICS: Education
KEYWORDS: universitychicago

1 posted on 06/13/2013 4:05:07 PM PDT by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

I vote with the mailman. This goes well beyond a “prank.”


2 posted on 06/13/2013 4:08:42 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

I agree. It was beyond any reasonable definition of a prank.

On the other hand, he is getting paid by the hour.


3 posted on 06/13/2013 4:11:17 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: re_tail20
It's terribly important that all Americans get to enjoy the "college experience." Here's to the University of Chicago's state-sponsored faculty, state-sponsored students, state-sponsored administrators, and brave stance in the onslaught of baseless accusations by postal underlings and other intolerant so called "hard-working" Americans who are clearly too stupid to get a free ride. It would be shame were anything to happen to those brave fraternity boys and their precious house.
4 posted on 06/13/2013 4:12:40 PM PDT by golux
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To: re_tail20

Stupid, stupid, stupid.


5 posted on 06/13/2013 4:15:10 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: re_tail20

That frat is lucky this mailman didn’t decide to make their lives miserable. You’re walking a thin line to say anything racial these days, and had he chosen to press charges, he probably could have owned the place.


6 posted on 06/13/2013 4:16:59 PM PDT by holyscroller ( Without God, America is one nation under)
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To: re_tail20

This kind of mindless nonsense is why I never joined a fraternity. IMO, a bunch of followers who do what they are told.

Reversing the names? How clever/s


7 posted on 06/13/2013 4:17:31 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: TBP

Just make everyone of them walk that postal route with the mailman..one at at time. It isn’t a good neighborhood and they might learn something.


8 posted on 06/13/2013 4:17:40 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Jonty30

And the company was paying. So, I guess they were stealing by fraud.


9 posted on 06/13/2013 4:17:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: re_tail20

The homophobic slur “teabagger” never made headlines when President Obama and that faggot Anderson Cooper used it to slur patriotic men, women, and children.


10 posted on 06/13/2013 4:18:20 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: re_tail20

Given today’s climate the prank was an inappropriate bit of resistance.


11 posted on 06/13/2013 4:18:30 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: golux

The University of Chicago is a private institution, not a state university.


12 posted on 06/13/2013 4:20:46 PM PDT by stormer
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To: re_tail20

Higher education from the enlightened city of Chicago. What does U of C “Professor” Obama think?


13 posted on 06/13/2013 4:21:12 PM PDT by Third Person (Welcome to Gaymerica.)
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To: re_tail20
“I was humiliated,” said Becton, an African American.

I smell a lawsuit in the making.Sorry,I can't get that worked up about this.Stupid...classless,yah! Of course the mailman has the right to be annoyed.But humiliated? Good God...when Occupy Wall Street was in overdrive and getting all that publicity I went down to check it out and the responses I got to several legitimate questions I put to a couple of participants would make a sailor blush...and a saint want to throttle the unwashed parasites in question.

I didn't sue.I wasn't even "humiliated".

14 posted on 06/13/2013 4:22:16 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: re_tail20

The University will probably yank the fraternity’s charter.
Hard to imagine that stuff still going on in 2013.


15 posted on 06/13/2013 4:23:37 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: nickcarraway

If I were the company, I’d certainly go after whomever is responsible for making the call.


16 posted on 06/13/2013 4:25:31 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: re_tail20

What ever happened to “Boy’s will be boy’s ?”

“Man up”

You want respect ?

Cry cry cry. That won’t work.

Rude ? yes, SO what........

Deal with it.

And guess what ?

When you take on and stand up to intimidating, rude, obnoxious, childish, bullies you get the respect you deserve.

There is no respect from running to some authority to solve your problems.


17 posted on 06/13/2013 4:27:52 PM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

agree with every word, today people get insulted at every chance.

So frigging what, we are being spied on and insulted and called racist etc but that is OK when the media and the left does it


18 posted on 06/13/2013 4:28:00 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: EDINVA

I’m a fraternity adviser. You have to really stay on them.


19 posted on 06/13/2013 4:29:08 PM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: stormer

Does the University of Chicago get funds from the state? Yes.
Do they get money from the Federal government? Yes.
Are students’ educations in many cases funded in whole or in part by the state or the federal government? Yes.
Is the same true of tenured, other, and “assistant” professors as well as teaching assistants and graduate students? Yes.
Hillsdale College (NOT my Alma Mater) is a Private Institution. The University of Chicago is a bloated, crime-infested mess relying of all things on its shredded reputation as a center for graduate sociology studies.


20 posted on 06/13/2013 4:32:24 PM PDT by golux
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To: manc
We just had a local TV anchor accidentally say Friday is fag day.

He had to do twitter, email and newspaper apologies all over the place due to the rancor from the militant gay lobby over his accidental mispronunciation.

21 posted on 06/13/2013 4:33:53 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
"This kind of mindless nonsense is why I never joined a fraternity. IMO, a bunch of followers who do what they are told. "

The joke was played ON the fraternity. Not BY the fraternity.

22 posted on 06/13/2013 4:41:11 PM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: Gay State Conservative

Have you ever heard Louis C.K.’s comedy sketch on homosexuality ?

It will crack you up.


23 posted on 06/13/2013 4:41:41 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: SunTzuWu; Red in Blue PA
The joke was played ON the fraternity. Not BY the fraternity.

Yeah, but don't think think that it had to be played ON them by another fraternity, or sorority ?

Who else would play such a prank? The mailmen's union ?

24 posted on 06/13/2013 4:44:32 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Clemenza

Surprised?


25 posted on 06/13/2013 4:46:22 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: UCANSEE2
Who else would play such a prank? The mailmen's union ?

This is Chicago.

I'd be looking at somebody associated with race-pimping like associates of Jesse Jackson or Valerie Jarrett.

26 posted on 06/13/2013 4:46:40 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: re_tail20

These idiots should be prosecuted to the fullest extent by the USPS for fraud.

Such pranks make it harder for legit businesses to order supplies without jumping through hoops.


27 posted on 06/13/2013 4:50:39 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: a fool in paradise
that faggot Anderson Cooper

You could say he has "hands on" experience with teabagging.

28 posted on 06/13/2013 5:05:57 PM PDT by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: re_tail20

Waaah.


29 posted on 06/13/2013 5:32:00 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Don't try to explain yourself to liberals; you're not the jackass-whisperer.)
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To: re_tail20; Chode

“were addressed to “Reggin Toggaf.”

I’m so dense I thought “ “Reggin Toggaf” was some raghead in the frat house. It honestly sounds like that kind of name.


30 posted on 06/13/2013 5:45:58 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: re_tail20

It is very hard to tell what happened from the article. They found a couple of nonPC words written backwards and apparently knee jerkly think they do need to inform us more.

It appears to me:

1. Some other frat had these supplies delivered to the frat in question, Phi Delta Theta was who the prank was played on.

2. Thus if anyone should be insulted by the name calling written backwards it would be the addressees.

3. Next the question is did the pranksters have to pay for the mailers. If so, then the postman has to deliver them, that is his job and his company is losing money. So he should be happy to have the business.

4. If the mailers were free, then perhaps a fraud was committed but again that was by the pranksters not the frat, Phi Delta Theta, that received the mailer.


31 posted on 06/13/2013 5:47:26 PM PDT by JLS
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To: Morgana
Iran Becton???
32 posted on 06/13/2013 5:56:01 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: re_tail20

““Their contention was it was a practical joke...”

YUCK, YUCK, YUCK. I cannot stop laughing. No sense of humor. Just like the family of the guy who was forced to drink a quart of Soy Sauce, and countless thousands others that get so drunk that they have to get their stomachs pump.

YUCK, YUCK, YUCK. Sorry, I can’t stop laughing. That was HYSTERICAL...treating the man like a slave. TOO FUNNY!!!

Yea, right.


33 posted on 06/13/2013 6:57:38 PM PDT by BobL (To us it's a game, to them it's personal - therefore they win.)
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To: TurboZamboni

LOL


34 posted on 06/13/2013 6:58:16 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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