Even in this day and age, racism seems to be alive and well in educational system. At least, that’s what this video indicates.
University of Oklahoma chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon was suspended by its national organization after the video of its members chanting racist slurs against black people went viral. The fraternity announced that the students involved in the incident will also be expelled.
The footage above was posted online by a black student group called “Unheard.” It depicts a group of frat members brazenly using the offensive N-word and chanting that blacks “will never be admitted in the SAE.”
The video also references lynching.
After validating the content of the video, the headquarters of the national fraternity announced it would close off the Oklahoma Kappa chapter.
“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,” the organization said in a statement. “Furthermore, we are embarrassed by this video and offer our empathy not only to anyone outside the organization who is offended but also to our brothers who come from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities.”
They also added that the organization will not tolerate this type of racist behavior as it is not consistent with their values and morals.
Although some people are criticizing SAE for its extreme decision, this verdict may prove effective in controlling the growing number of racist incidents. In addition to that, it may also help wash off the stigma U.S. fraternities have on them for being racist.