Frat Shut Down After Video Shows Members Using Racial Slurs And Singing About Lynching

Frat Shut Down After Video Shows Members Using Racial Slurs And Singing About Lynching

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The University of Oklahoma chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity was shut down after video surfaced Sunday of members chanting that they’d never allow a black member into the frat. The students use racial slurs while also referencing lynching in the song. A black student group, OU Unheard, tweeted the video to university president David Boren early Sunday evening. Around the same time, The Oklahoma Daily released the video on their website after receiving an anonymous tip.

It appears that the video was filmed on a charter bus as members of the SAE chapter were traveling to a party on Saturday. The clip is only ten seconds long, but the fraternity brothers can clearly be seen singing “there will never be a n*gger in SAE” to the tune “If You’re Happy And You Know It.” The members also added the lyric “you can hang them from a tree but they’ll never sign with me.” Below is video of the disgusting chant.

 

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It didn’t take long for the video to go viral Sunday evening and both the fraternity’s national organization and Boren acted quickly. By late Sunday evening, SAE had shuttered the Oklahoma chapter and stated that the members involved will be punished.

 

 

Boren also promised an investigation and insisted that all of the students involved will face expulsion.

 

On Monday morning, a rally took place on OU’s campus where hundreds of students, joined by Boren, marched in solidarity to protest the actions of the fraternity.

 

Every time we are told that we live in a post-racial society, an incident like this wakes us up and tells us we still have a long way to go. On the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday at Selma, we see a group of young, white, privileged people using language and evoking imagery of a time when America had laws on the books that deemed blacks were second-class citizens. Considering that these frat brothers area all in their early 20s or younger, it shows that that in certain segments of our population, racism still runs rampant.

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