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The Tau Kappa Epsilon Brotherhood said they had four expelled members of a chapter at the University of Georgia after a video appeared in which men were shown how they use a racist slur about black people and talk about picking cotton.
"Tau Kappa Epsilon is disgusted, appalled and angry about the members displaced in a video of four," the National Brotherhood said in a statement. "TKE does not tolerate acts such as these that are defined as racist, discriminatory and / or offensive."
The video, which was not verified by NBC News, seems to show a white man using a belt to hit another one under blankets, and someone says "pick my cotton" followed by a spell. The person who was hit says, "I'm not black."
When someone else says in a video, "You're not using the right words," you hear a race arc.
A spokesperson for Tau Kappa Epsilon said the video released on social media was the video in question. The Brotherhood said it was alerted to the video on Friday, and the event was not a Tau Kappa Epsilon feature.
"These four people acted outside the expectations of our members and their chapter and were therefore removed from both," Tau Kappa Epsilon said.
Tau Kappa Epsilon said in a memo to Friday's Xi Lambda chapter that it was temporarily suspended with immediate effect.
The Brotherhood's National Spokesman said the temporary suspension is a normal procedure and an investigation is underway that "ends all actions of the chapter without prior approval from our office."
The University of Georgia said in a statement that it "strongly condemns racism" that "racism has no place on our campus". and that "the Brotherhood was suspended by its national organization."
"We will continue our efforts to promote an inviting and supportive learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff," the university said in a statement released by spokesman Greg Trevor.
Incidents of racist videos at other universities and colleges have occurred in recent years.
The University of Oklahoma completed Sigma Alpha Epsilon in 2015 after a video was recorded on a bus showing members singing a racial slur and lynching.