Outrage and condemnation poured across the United States after footage showing members of an Oklahoma University frat house performing a racist chant went viral.
Following the backlash, the school took immediate action and severed ties with the fraternity. Two students were also expelled over their alleged "leadership role" in the incident.
The controversy took a turn for the worse when the 78-year-old house mother, Beauton Gilbow, was caught rapping the same slur on a separate video from 2013.
While news and social media remained focused on racism prevalent in American frat culture, much more disturbing events unfolded in the country.
In just five days, U.S. police officers killed three unarmed or apparently unarmed African-American men in three different states.
Tony Robinson Jr., 19 years old, Wisconsin
Police fatally shot an apparently unarmed biracial teenager, identified as Tony Robinson Jr., on Friday in Madison, Wisconsin.
Police Chief Mike Koval told reporters that Officer Matt Kenny responded to reports of assault and later forced his way into an apartment where the 19-year-old was found.
Koval stated the officer was first struck in the head and then shot the unarmed teen.
The incident prompted dozens of people to take to the streets of Madison – a city of 240,000 people with a 7 percent African-American population, according to U.S. Census figures.
Robinson’s family called for a thorough investigation of the shooting, adding they were concerned about the “systematic targeting of young black males,” but did not approve of “blanket anti-police sentiments.”
Naeschylus Vinzant, 37 years old, Colorado
An unarmed suspect in a robbery and kidnapping was shot by a police officer on Friday afternoon in Aurora, Colorado.
Although the 37-year-old man, identified as Naeschylus Vinzant, was a parole absconder with a violent history, he was unarmed at the time of the shooting.
The cop who fired the shot has reportedly been placed on administrative leave, stated Aurora Police Cmdr. Paul O'Keefe, adding the officer has retained an attorney and is currently being investigated.
Anthony Hill, 27 years old, Georgia
Police in DeKalb County, Georgia fatally shot a naked and apparently unarmed African-American near an apartment complex after a 911 caller reported that a man was acting “deranged, knocking on doors and crawling around on the ground, naked.”
The officer, named Robert Olsen, encountered Anthony Hill, 27, in the parking area of the complex without any clothes on, stated county police chief Cedric Alexander, adding, it was only after the victim charged towards the officer the shots were fired.
The New York Times reported Hill, who was also a veteran of Iraq, may have had a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, referencing to a Twitter account that appeared to be Hill's.
Last year, the shooting deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, sparked nationwide protests and debate about racism. Many hoped for changes and improvements in the law enforcement structure of the country. However, judging by the latest streak of police shootings of unarmed or apparently unarmed African-American men – that too in such a short span of time – it looks like things are getting even worse.