7 Times Oklahomans Were In A "State Of National Embarrassment" This Year

Fatimah Mazhar
This has not been a good year for Oklahomans – and it’s only March.

Embarrassed in Oklahoma

Much has been said and written about the Oklahoma University frat house shut down after a video of several performing a racist chant went viral.

University President David Boren stated during a news conference on Monday that the students involved in the incident have been asked to leave the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house and adding it will be closed and “they won't be back.”

SAE president Brad Cohen apologized for the “unacceptable and racist behavior” of the individuals, saying the chapter was embarrassed by the video.

However, Cohen isn’t alone.

A lot of people from Oklahoma feel the same way about the incident – even though the administration dealt with it pretty well by severing school's ties with the national fraternity.

One particular Oklahoman – who goes by the username of argentgrove on Reddit – was so frustrated with the Sooner State's ignoble appearance in the news these days that they compiled a list of all the “national embarrassments” the state has caused this year – and it’s only the third month of 2015.

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Have a look:

1. Bill to eliminate hoodies

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Republican state Senator Don Barrington proposed banning wearing a mask, hood or other face-covering in order to hide one’s identity in a public space.

The bill included exceptions for holidays and special events like Halloween and religious beliefs

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2. Bill for gay conversion therapy

While other states have filed to ban such procedures, Oklahoma advanced legislation allowing so-called gay conversion therapy.

Without debate, the Children, Youth and Family Services Committee voted 5-3 and sent the bill to the full House, according to KTUL.

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3. Watermelon state fruit or vegetable debate

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Instead of reconsidering the ridiculous bills banning hoodies and allowing gay conversion therapy, Oklahoma lawmakers indulged in an even more absurd argument: whether watermelon is a state fruit or vegetable.

State Sen. Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow) filed a bill to repeal a 2007 piece of legislation that made watermelon the state vegetable.

4. Ignoring the link between fracking and earthquakes

The number of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased since 2008 – so much so that the state is the second-most seismically active region in the U.S.

Although scientists have linked this surge to fracking by oil and gas companies, industrialists and Oklahoma regulators rejected the suggestion, thereby failing to do anything to protect residents.

After cautioning several times in the past that wastewater injections are shaking Oklahoma, the United States Geological Survey made it official this year.

“Deep injection of wastewater is the primary cause of the dramatic rise in detected earthquakes and the corresponding increase in seismic hazard in the central U.S.,” the USGS stated in a press release.

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5. Senator Inhofe's debacle with the snowball in Congress

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Jim Inhofe, an Oklahoma senator who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, tossed a snowball on the Senate floor to argue his case that everything we’ve been hearing about global warming and climate change is a hoax.

The video went viral, prompting criticism, mockery and memes.

6. AP U.S. History ban debate

Oklahoma House Republicans on the Common Education Committee decided to ban AP History classes in the state because they "only teach what is bad about America."

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7. Lawsuit against Colorado’s legalization of marijuana

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Oklahoma, along with Nebraska, filed a lawsuit against Colorado for legalizing marijuana – a move which was seen as an attempt by the “conservative states to impose their will on the open-minded voters of this centrist state.”

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