Oklahoma University chapter Sigma Alpha Epsilon has hired high-profile attorney Stephen Jones in a possible move to sue the school for branding them as racists.
Jones is best known for representing Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Jones told KFOR News he is “outraged” the university shut down the chapter and “brand[ed] all SAE members as racists and bigots.”
Jones said the students simply “lacked judgment in a social setting” and “should not be tarred and feathered as racists.”
First, Jones is wrong to target the school when the SAE organization was the one to shut down the chapter.
“Sigma Alpha Epsilon did not hesitate to close the chapter completely because of the culture that may have been fostered in the group,” national SAE leaders said this week. “At the same time, the headquarters has learned of the expulsion of two chapter members from the university, which we support…We believe that these men must be held responsible for their actions.”
And secondly, while it can be argued that racist speech is protected by the First Amendment, Title IX and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 require universities foster a learning environment where all students are not subject to discrimination that can disrupt their ability to receive an equal education. Having a student group on campus whose rush song revolves around not only rejecting black students from said group, but encourages killing them is (in my book) an alarm-sounding impediment to one’s equality and safety in school.