Students protested at Syracuse University over a fraternity video the chancellor called “racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist and hostile to people with disabilities.”— AJ+ (@ajplus) April 19, 2018
The frat, Theta Tau, was suspended.
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UPDATE: After a horrific video depicting members of the Theta Tau fraternity using racist and sexist language surfaced, Syracuse University announced that it would be permanently expelling the college's Theta Tau chapter.
The school has also claimed that the 18 individuals involved have received non-criminal citations for the incident, and that it's in the process of recommending charges against them.
After the video was widely viewed by students, they took to the streets to protest.
Despite the outrage, the school said that the names of students involved in this incident will never be released. Syracuse University Dean of Students Robert Hradsky said that the federal policy law, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, prohibits the school from disclosing the names of the racist individuals involved with the fraternity.
Names of students in Syracuse frat videos never to be released by SU https://t.co/RrefBmi52m— Teri Weaver (@TeriKWeaver) April 23, 2018
In a statement, the Syracuse chapter of the now-expelled fraternity said that "[a]nyone of color or of any marginalized group who has seen this video has every right to be angry and upset with the despicable contents of that video."
They also defended the individuals in the video, saying that nothing said in it was "done in malice."
UPDATE: The @SyracuseU chapter of Theta Tau has posted this statement on its website. One excerpt: “Anyone of color or of any marginalized group who has seen this video has every right to be angry and upset with the despicable contents of that video.” @dailyorange pic.twitter.com/83dYwkKFqa— Sam Ogozalek (@SamOgozalek) April 20, 2018
On Twitter, many disagreed.
“You’re lying to everybody here, saying you never heard that s**t,” said a student who identified himself a former Theta Tau member in response to the current member’s apology— Casey Darnell (@caseydarnell_) April 20, 2018
Hmmm what about the members of the ROTC @ Lawrinson Hall? Was that acting? Or was telling a black girl to go back to the plantation acting!?!— J. Mark Hall (@linebacker28) April 20, 2018
I'm white, privileged, educated & I'm offended by this too. At no part of that speech was I marginalized. Any decent person has every right to find this offensive & inexcusable.— FLORC (@FLORCAlex) April 23, 2018
Time will tell if the students involved in this racist stunt will face criminal charges, but the backlash and punishment they've already endured is an example of the grave consequences people can expect when committing these hateful acts.
Racism and sexual harassment will not, and should not, be tolerated anywhere, especially on any campus.
An extremely disturbing video has emerged from Syracuse University’s Theta Tau fraternity, which has started a firestorm of controversy on campus. The members of the house were captured on video using sexist, homophobic, anti-Semitic and other offensive language.
According to the SU’s Daily Orange, members of the fraternity made oaths like, “I solemnly swear to always have hatred in my heart for n*****s, sp*cs and most importantly the f***ing k*k***s.” One member also said to tell the “f***ing k***s to get in the f***ing showers” — a reference to the extermination of the Jewish people in Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust. Other brothers made fun of people with disabilities, women and gays.
Several of the brothers participated in the demeaning act while others watched from the background, pretending to masturbate and perform oral sex.
University Chancellor Kent Syverud said the fraternity was suspended after the alarming video.
“There is absolutely no place at Syracuse University for behavior or language that degrades any individual or group’s race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, disability or religious beliefs,” Syverud wrote in an email to students and faculty. “Upon confirming Theta Tau’s involvement, the university’s Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities immediately suspended the fraternity, effectively halting all activities.”
On Wednesday, students staged a protest outside the chancellor’s house and then marched their way to the campus chapel. They chanted “release the video” and “we’re tired of being sick and tired.”
Protesters make their way to Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University https://t.co/zRuFxsqf1U— Ricky ''Reports'' Sayer (@RickyReports) April 18, 2018
At Chancellor Syverud’s house where students are protesting after discussions about the unreleased Theta Tau video pic.twitter.com/BwlCqlXzqn— Chris Libonati (@ChrisLibonati) April 18, 2018
Theta Tau is not the first fraternity nvolved in racist, sexist behavior that went viral.
In 2015, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity lobbed slurs against women, African-Americans and Muslims, referring to the University of Chicago’s black student as “n*****s” and Muslims as “terrorists.” The Sigma Nu fraternity of Michigan State University created a scavenger hunt list, which included talking photos of women’s breasts, finding four Asians, with extra points for an “Asian baby.” Just 10 days ago, Lambda Chi Alpha at California Polytechnic State University was suspended after a member was photographed with a black-painted neck and face.
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