Fraternity Racist Chant Surfaces, Grabbing The Nation’s Attention

Fraternity Racist Chant Surfaces, Grabbing The Nation’s Attention

A video was posted on Twitter Sunday evening — a day after President Obama’s speech at Selma, Alabama and the same day as the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march in Selma, Alabama— of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers of the University of Oklahoma singing a racist song about never letting black people pledge.

The nine-second video, uploaded by an anonymous user on YouTube, shows a group of college students in formal attire clapping while they sing racist lyrics to the tune of “If You’re Happy And You Know It” on what appears to be a bus allegedly headed to a date party for the frat’s founder’s day. The lyrics as heard in the video are:

“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.”

Since the release, SAE has closed its chapter at the University of Oklahoma, suspending all its members and making a long statement that said that the video was “inappropriate” and they were”disgusted” by its members behavior. They added that “those members who are responsible for the incident may have their membership privileges revoked permanently.”

Before SAE’s statement, Brad Cohen, the fraternity’s national president, 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.” He then tweeted, “I know I speak for all when I say I’m disgusted and shocked by the video involving our @sae1856 chapter at Uof OK. They will be dealt with.”

The members were apparently swiftly kicked out of their frat house, which was put under police protection, the night the video was posted.

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame also responded to the disturbing video with Instagram post that read that he was “disgusted and disappointed in the actions of the SAE fraternity at University of Oklahoma” and he “will be canceling [his] scheduled performance for them next month.” He finishes with “Racism is not something I will tolerate.”

Students with the activist group Unheard OU protested the fraternity’s actions Monday around midnight on campus. The University of Oklahoma’s president David Boren even made an appearance and bluntly said how he felt about the people who took part in the bus chanting.

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