Racism is an issue in the South, but it can be difficult to explain to some folks because incidents of it are rarely placed side by side where you can see how different people and groups are treated. Now, it may have less to do with skin color than it seems, and there may be other factors at play in the following incidents. But appearances are important, especially when it comes to selective prosecution, especially when the incidents happen so close to one another, in terms of timeframe, geography, and similarity of nature. But how is something like this even explainable?
White fraternity members accused of pouring crab boil and boiling water on pledges, causing second and third degree burns, placing pledges in hospital = charges dropped. Single fraternity eliminated from campus.
Black band members accused of severely beating pledges with a wooden paddle, causing severe physical damage, placing pledges in hospital = multiple felony charges. Whole marching band suspended until investigation is complete.
Look at the coverage as well. The article about the Southern marching band continues and lists incidents going as far back as 1995. The only mention of prior acts in the fraternity article come in the comments section from people’s memories, and those comments are not covering much scope.
So, there’s your difference. Blacks and Whites misbehaving badly with wildly different results, prosecution behavior, and media coverage.