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An Apology From ATO

We, the brotherhood of Alpha Tau Omega, apologize for the events that occurred on and around our house on the afternoon of Friday, April 27.

To the members of The Roots, we offer our sincerest apologies for the incident. We acknowledge the embarrassment that this incident has brought to the MIT community and are working, both among ourselves and in conjunction with the leaders of the campus community, to demonstrate that this fraternity does not promote or tolerate what happened on Friday.

We apologize to all individuals offended by the words containing racial elements spoken from our roof. The statement in question was undeniably derisive, but it was not meant to be a personal attack. Still, as a racially diverse brotherhood on campus, the member should have known such a statement is very emotionally charged. We fully understand how the statement was construed as racially offensive. We apologize that these words from the mouth of one of our brothers could make anyone in the MIT community uncomfortable or angry.

We have already begun taking judicial action against the members involved and are moving quickly to remove them from our membership. We express deep-seated sentiments to all in the MIT community and we look forward to doing our part to rectify this situation in a swift and fair manner.

The Brothers of Alpha Tau Omega