Oklahoma Frat Shut Down After Racist Video
Stop if you’ve heard this one before: A fraternity did something immature and racist, but in a twist, this time it doesn’t involve a blackface Halloween costume or yet another poorly thought out “Hip Hop/gangbanger” theme party. No, this time it involves members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity — America’s largest fraternity, founded in the Antebellum South — gleefully chanting about how there will never be an “ni****” in their fraternity, but there might be one hanging from a tree.
I kid you not. Watch.
If you can’t take a gander, the nine second video uploaded anonymously to YouTube shows a gaggle of well-dressed white men on a bus singing “There will never be a ni**** in SAE” to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”
The racist lyrics go:
“There will never be a ni**** in SAE.
There will never be a ni**** in SAE.
You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with me
There will never be a ni**** in SAE.”
The national governing body of Sigma Alpha Epsilon pulled the University of Oklahoma chapter immediately after the video surfaced online. SAE’s national office called the video “disgusting” and “inappropriate.” Indeed.
From The Huffington Post:
“When we learned about this incident, I called an immediate board meeting, and we determined with no mental reservation whatsoever that this chapter needed to be closed immediately,” Brad Cohen, the fraternity’s national president, said in a statement. “I am proud of my fellow board members because we mean what we say.”
Boren did not say if students would be punished by the university, but said in a statement to The Huffington Post, “If OU students are involved, this behavior will not be tolerated and will be addressed very quickly. If the reports are true the chapter will no longer remain on campus. This behavior is reprehensible and contrary to all of our values.”
Read more about the incident HERE.