Oklahoma University Fraternity Chapter Closed After Racist Video

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The members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma are in major trouble after a video surfaced showing several of them repeating a ridiculous, racist chant.

The video, which started circulating online Sunday, showed several of the fraternity members dressed in formalwear on a bus chanting that African Americans would never be allowed to join their College chapter. "There will never be a ni**er SAE," they chanted repeatedly in the clip, followed by "You can hang 'em from a tree, but they'll never sign with me!"

According to the New York Times, the video was first reported by student newspaper, The Oklahoma Daily, which said they learned about it from an anonymous tip via e-mail Sunday. Black student group, Unheard, at OU, also posted the video to YouTube, and it made its way around the web via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

After the video surfaced, University of Oklahoma President David Boren promised a thorough investigation and joined hundreds of students on campus for a predawn protest, according to USA Today. "To those who have misused their free speech in such a reprehensible way, I have a message for you. You are disgraceful," he tweeted afterwards. "You have violated all that we stand for. You should not have the privilege of calling yourself 'Sooners.'"

He also said that "effective immediately," the university would cut all ties and affiliations with the SAE chapter. The house was also closed and all members are required to remove their personal belongings from the house by midnight Tuesday.

David also vowed to 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."
The fraternity's national president, Brad Cohen, also chimed in, saying the organization's board decided to close the chapter immediately. "I was not only shocked and disappointed but disgusted by the outright display of racism displayed in the video," he said in a statement. "S.A.E. is a diverse organization, and we have zero tolerance for racism or any bad behavior."

Monday, photos of the frat house surfaced showing a spray painted "Tear it Down" on the side, and construction workers removing the Greek letters from it.


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