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Several leaders gathered Tuesday afternoon calling for Arizona State University to take some action.

"It's very hurtful to see your culture.. a human being raised being depicted as non-human."

"This is disrespectful and I can tell you it's not okay and that's not acceptable."

A strong response to members of an Arizona State University fraternity -- in hot water for throwing a party that mocked Martin Luther King, Jr.

It's more national attention for ASU, and it's not the good kind.

One of the university's fraternities has been suspended after it hosted a racially themed party over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.  Many found the party and the theme to be offensive.

So offensive that the members of Tau Kappa Epsilon's national organization flew in from Indianapolis to deal with this. TKE national issued a statement with an apology, saying it doesn't condone this type of behavior.

The fraternity's motto is "Being better men for a better world," which makes this party all the more embarrassing.

Over 50 students reportedly attended TKE's "Black Party" and were told to dress like they were black.

In pictures posted on Instagram from the TKE party, watermelon cups, red bandannas and gang signs were seen.  One post stated, "Happy MLK Day Homies."

"That was a time for them to act like blacks, whatever that means, dress like blacks.. I don't see any folks here today dressed like any of those students were," said activist Jarrett Maupin.

Several community leaders and activists gathered at ASU's Phoenix campus Tuesday afternoon, voicing their disapproval of TKE's racially themed party.

"We wouldn't tolerate it if it was an act of anti-Semitism or act of violence against the LGBT community or the Latino community.  We're not going to tolerate it either.. this is an assault on the black community and our student population at ASU," said Maupin.

Tau Kappa Epsilon was the same fraternity involved in a melee back in November 2012.  Two members of TKE were arrested for the beating of a fraternity member that lived next door.  That young man was African-American.

TKE was put on probation until last month.

This is the MLK party they decided to throw.

ASU's students reacted to the so-called "Black Party" and the fraternity that hosted it.

"They are dumb, they are stupid, they are insensitive."

"Ignorance.  I wouldn't call them racists just like that because I don't know them personally, but it's ignorance, I believe that."

"But to be expelled, I think that's probably illegal contravention to the first amendment, so even if you don't agree with them, they have the right to say things that make them look like idiots."

"It happens so often, I don't let it offend me.  I don't let it bother me.  I think it's ridiculous."

The university did issue a statement, saying the fraternity's behavior will not be tolerated and it will take additional action against the students involved.

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