Mississippi lieutenant governor was in fraternity that hosted racist party: report

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves (R) is facing questions about allegations that his college fraternity hosted a racist party, as well as yearbook photos that surfaced Friday showing members dressed as Confederate soldiers.

Reeves was a member of Kappa Alpha at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., when the fraternity hosted a party in 1994 that included Afro wigs and pledges wearing Confederate flags around their necks, according to USA Today.


Fraternity members allegedly shouted the N-word at the party, USA Today reported, citing the school's newspaper, and the school's Black Student Association later requested the fraternity be suspended, according to the student newspaper.

The pictures from the 1995 yearbook were published by American Ledger, a website paid for by Democratic super PAC American Bridge 21st Century.

It was not immediately clear Friday whether Reeves is in any of the photos or attended the party in question, though he was a member of the fraternity at the time.

Laura Hipp, a spokeswoman for Reeves, told USA Today: “As a quick Google search will show, Lt. Gov. Reeves was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. Like every other college student, he did attend costume formals and other parties, and across America, Kappa Alpha’s costume formal is traditionally called Old South in honor of the Civil War veteran who founded the fraternity in the 1800s.”

Reeves, who is the GOP front-runner in this year's gubernatorial race, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

The Republican primary for this year's gubernatorial race is slated for Aug. 6, when Reeves will face off against state Rep. Robert Foster.

The Millsaps College newspaper reported that fraternity members were punished following the party, and the group was prohibited from using the Confederate flag as a symbol of their fraternity. Students involved in the incident also had to pay for and attend sensitivity training, according to the newspaper.

The pictures resurfaced less than a week after Virginia’s governor and attorney general, both Democrats, acknowledged they wore blackface in the 1980s.