OU shuts down fraternity after racist chant
An Oklahoma Fraternity Was Shut Down After Their Racist Chant Was Caught on Video
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma has swiftly been shut down after a video of a racist chant went viral online.
The video, posted online on Sunday, shows the frat brothers in formal attire on a bus, on their way to a date party for the fraternity founder's day. The footage shows fraternity brothers light-heartedly chanting racial slurs against African Americans, and referencing lynching. "There'll never be a n----- at SAE," the brothers chant. "You can hang them from a tree, but they'll never sign with me."
It's unclear who filmed the video. Unheard, a black students' organization at the university, posted it to Twitter Sunday, telling the university president that "racism is alive and well at the University of Oklahoma."
Here's another view of the chant via KFOR-TV, and it's clear a brother involved didn't wanted it filmed:
Sigma Alpha Epsilon's national office announced Monday it was closing their Oklahoma chapter, suspending all of its members, and planning to revoke membership permanently for all brothers directly involved in the incident. "This type of racist behavior will not be tolerated and is not consistent with the values and morals of our fraternity," the organization said in a statement.
The university's president said on Twitter that the school is investigating and will not tolerate racism on campus. He called them "disgraceful" during a candlelit vigil Sunday night.
The rest of the Oklahoma campus is reacting with outrage as well; NBC News reports that the wall of the fraternity house has been spray-painted with the message "Tear It Down." Students rallied on campus Monday morning, some wearing tape over their mouths and others holding signs protesting a history of racism on campus.
Cosmopolitan.com will update this story as it unfolds.
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