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University of Oklahoma suspends fraternity over racist chant

By
University News Editor
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A 10-second video has surfaced showing members of the University of Oklahoma chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chanting racist slurs, the Washington Post reported Monday. The clip was first posted online Sunday night by Unheard, a black student activist group, with the caption “Racism is alive at the University of Oklahoma.”

The national SAE organization closed the campus chapter the same night the video was released, KOCO-TV reported. “All of the members have been suspended, and those members who are responsible for the incident may have their membership privileges revoked permanently,” the national SAE organization posted on the chapter’s website. “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.”

A crowd of OU community members gathered in protest Monday morning, and OU President David Boren announced that SAE members would be required to leave campus by midnight Monday. “All of us will redouble our efforts to create the strongest sense of family and community,” Boren wrote in a letter to the 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.”