On Monday morning, the University of Oklahoma announced that Sigma Alpha Epsilon has officially been kicked off campus. Members of the fraternity were given until midnight to make themselves scarce. In a statement Monday morning, OU President David Boren wrote:
To those who have misused their free speech in such a reprehensible way, I have a message for you. You are disgraceful. You have violated all that we stand for. You should not have the privilege of calling yourselves “Sooners.” Real Sooners are not racist. Real Sooners are not bigots. Real Sooners believe in equal opportunity. Real Sooners treat all people with respect. Real Sooners love each other and take care of each other like family members.
Effective immediately, all ties and affiliations between this University and the local SAE chapter are hereby severed. I direct that the house be closed and that members will remove their personal belongings from the house by midnight tomorrow. Those needing to make special arrangements for positions shall contact the Dean of Students.
All of us will redouble our efforts to create the strongest sense of family and community. We vow that we will be an example to the entire country of how to deal with this issue. There must be zero tolerance for racism everywhere in our nation.
Of course, said individuals were no longer members in any case. Sunday night, the national SAE officially closed the chapter, effective immediately.
“In addition, all of the members have been suspended (from the organization), and those members who are responsible for the incident may have their membership privileges revoked permanently,” the national organization said in a statement. “We apologize for the unacceptable and racist behavior of the individuals in the video, and we are disgusted that any member would act in such a way. Furthermore, we are embarrassed by this video and offer our empathy not only to anyone outside the organization who is offended but also to our brothers who come from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities.”
Original article below:
If, like Republicans and the Supreme Court claim, racism is over in America, why are so many people still acting like such racists? A video has surfaced on the interwebs that appears to show a group of University of Oklahoma fraternity brothers happily singing a racist chant on a bus.
The words, and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon members singing them, are simple:
“There will never be a n*gger SAE.
There will never be a n*gger SAE.
You can hang ‘em from a tree,
But they’ll never hang with me.
There will never be a n*gger SAE.”
The video was leaked by the web site “Total Frat Move,” which notes that “several tipsters” have stated that the “removal of the SAE chapter from the university is imminent,” though there has been no official confirmation that those captured on video are students at the university.
OU President David Boren tweeted on Sunday that the matter is being investigated, and that “this behavior will not be tolerated.”SAE has also seen the video, and says they are investigating, vowing to “sanction those who are responsible.” SAE National President Brad Cohen promised that “they will be dealt with.”While reports that the fraternity has been kicked off of campus are unconfirmed, Twitter erupted with condemnation of the students:
Watch the video, below:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG-wq6SJqjU?rel=0&showinfo=0&w=640&h=360]