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.




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.

27 Replies to “Frat Shut Down After Video Shows Members Using Racial Slurs And Singing About Lynching”

  1. You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
    Before you are six or seven or eight,
    To hate all the people your relatives hate,
    You’ve got to be carefully taught.

    South Pacific
    Rogers and Hammerstein

  2. But…
    but… but
    I thought Oklahoma was Jesus-loving
    Christian State.

    Perhaps I am mistaken.

  3. Absolutely disgusting !!!! Scary to think that these young men/racist bigot’s will one day be CEO’S, Entrepreneurs and maybe even Politicians, who will probably interview a black or brown person for a job.

  4. Every student on that bus needs to be expelled ! They are all much too ignorant to be in school ! The bus driver should be fired too !

  5. One has to wonder how these shitheads managed to get through K – 12 let alone be accepted into ANY university.

  6. Many calling themselves Christians only pay lip service to its principles and have no concern at all that their words don’t match their actions. We see this in Congress and in state legislatures across the nation. Our legislative bodies are filled to the brim with Christians behaving badly. These are the same people who deny that Christians are capable of persecuting, torturing, and killing others. If asked, these kids would deny that the song they were singing was harmful to anyone. Riight. It shows a mindset of being willing to persecute, torture, and kill others based on their race, and they were singing it joyfully. If they claim they were drunk when they were singing it, that’s not an acceptable excuse. They were singing it because they believed in the ideas in the song. I remember when I was a kid and a member of my church’s youth choir. One of the songs we used to sing was a Negro spiritual that had the words, “Everybody talking about heaven ain’t going there.”

  7. Hard to understand in this century. Wrong. There always going to be that core that feel by the skin they are endowed superior in every aspect. Racism is a learned behavior. Yes, blame them because they are considered adults. But the etiology remains on their parents shoulders. It is the duty of a free color neutral society to expel them to the fringes and let them live with each other in their exile. As long as we only condemn the frats, their parents will slim back into their abodes and stand behind there racists.

  8. These people think this behavior is OK not only because they’ve learned it in their homes and communities but also because they see people of power and authority (Republicans in Congress and even the Supreme Court) expressing and exercising racist behavior. The worse thing that happened to this Nation is the current Republican party and of course the propaganda machine, Faux News. They will be the destruction of us all.

  9. Men/Bigots just like them, are now sitting in the United States Congress and on the highest court in the Nation, The Supreme Court. They learn by example and more and more, since the election of Barack Obama, the bigots and racist are coming (back) out of the woodwork and disgustingly, they speak for 50% of this nation.

  10. People are asking where did they learn this?Where did this come from? These little snots have probably been witness to their repug parents’ vehement unhinged hatred of the first black President in the history of our country. I am sure most of these elitist little pieces of crap were probably also members of “the young republicans”.

  11. If most Christians were ever put on trial for being Christian- there wouldn’t be enough evidence to convict.

    And Oklahoma? Forget it. They’ll never change.

  12. Where is the freedom of the speech? Shame on you!
    Painful to see a young brave man to be tortured like this, pushing to apologize for A FREEDOM OF THE SPEECH!

  13. Tortured? Seriously? He has free speech but no speech is without consequences. Government is not censoring him – he can keep spewing racist nonsense – but does not have to underwrite his speech and actions. WE have free speech as well and are speaking back against his nasty. That’s equal within the First Amendment. Say what you want. Take responsibility for it.

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