First Kappa Alpha Psi came for Boosie, then Phi Beta Sigma went after Ralph Lauren; black frats are serious about their s#!+

Phi Beta Sigma
Phi Beta Sigma
Those black Greeks don’t play. After Kappa Alpha Psi got Boosie Badazz to publicly apologies for being out of pocket and sporting a red sweatshirt with their fraternity’s letters for swag purposes, Phi Beta Sigma went after fashion brand, Ralph Lauren for using it’s fraternity letters on $334 pants.

Shortly after the pants went on sale, Phi Beta Sigma, which was founded at Howard University, started a petition on change.org to get the brand to apologize publicly to the fraternity.

It worked. A spokesperson for Ralph Lauren issued this statement, ”The use of these symbols on our products was an oversight for which we deeply apologize. We are immediately taking action to remove the product from our sales channels. While we have a rigorous review process in place for all of our designs, this has prompted us to take another review of our protocols to help ensure that this does not happen again.

Ralph Lauren Phi Beta Sigma pants
Ralph Lauren pants sport Phi Beta Sigma lettering
“As an American brand with more than 50 years of heritage, Ralph Lauren is inspired by many facets of American culture. As part of this, we are firmly committed to respectful and appropriate use of all cultural icons and insignias.”

African American fraternities and sororities do not play when it comes to their Greek letters and colors. They see it as extremely disrespectful when people outside of the Greek family use their likenesses for personal gain. Lesson learned.

Tiffany Simmons

Tiffany is a Georgia-based writer who looks to bring a bit of insight to people everywhere one whimsical word/article at a time.

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