Black community leaders met with Arizona State Attorney General Tom Horne Wednesday, hoping to have one of Arizona State University's controversial fraternities charged with a hate crime.
Reverend Jarrett Maupin is asking Horne to investigate the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity for possible hate crime violations.
Horne is looking into both a 2012 hazing incident where a black student was beaten and a recent MLK party that has been described by many as "distasteful."
Reverend Maupin says ASU doesn't have enough black students, black faculty members and needs to do more with scholarships.
Professor Eduardo Pagan is the man in charge of making ASU diverse. So he was a bit shocked to learn the university was being attacked for not promoting diversity.
The accusations come on the heels of the university winning a diversity award in 2013.
Reverend Maupin says the university does not have enough black students or black faculty members, but according the school's diversity report, between 2002 and 2012, the university increased its African American enrollment by 107%
And, it increased African American graduate numbers by 131%.
Reverend Maupin said while the numbers might be there, he would like to see more racial sensitivity training among students and faculty.
Dr. Pagan said every freshmen student is required to take ASU101 which, according to Pagan, teaches racial sensitivity. Students start off talking about their background and discussions of diversity are all throughout the curriculum.
Reverend Maupin says the university is good at responding to issues, but he'd like to see it improve on being proactive.
Pagan admits there is always room for improvement.
Attorney General Horne released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
"As Arizona Attorney General, and therefore Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Civil Rights in the State of Arizona, I am shocked at what is alleged to have occurred at a fraternity at ASU. If the allegations are true, there were activities that disparaged a race of people. That is totally unacceptable behavior. Even worse, it was done on Martin Luther King Day. As someone who participated in the march on Washington in the summer of 1963, where King gave his famous speech, I take that personally."
Reverend Maupin said he and Horne are planning a joint press conference Thursday morning.
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