Oklahoma University Shuts Fraternity Over Racist Video
An imbroglio occurred in Oklahoma University in the form of a video showing members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity reciting a racist chant.
According to KOCO, an ABC-affiliated news station in Oklahoma, university president David Boren took the incident seriously by apologizing and dealing the issue with an iron hand. He moved swiftly, banning the fraternity and ordering the removal of members from the campus by Tuesday midnight.
His message was emphatic. “I hope they think long and hard about how words can injure and hurt other people. This is not our way. These are not our values. This is not who we are and we won’t tolerate it, not for one minute, from anybody.”
The outrage began with a ten-second video posted by student organization Unheard OU. The video shows members of the fraternity singing from a party bus, “There will never be a n—-r in SAE.”
— Unheard (@OU_Unheard) March 8, 2015
According to CNN, Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s national president, Brad Cohen, said that the university has responded to the issue appropriately, and that he “was not only shocked and disappointed, but disgusted by the outright display of racism displayed in the video.”