Oklahoma frat members lead racist chant

On Mar. 8, a video circulated the internet that contained disturbing content. Members of the University of Oklahoma fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) can be seen chanting racial slurs against blacks and exclaiming that they would never be admitted into the fraternity chapter.

For the past few weeks, there have been objections to SAE over social media, many demanding that all of the members in the video be expelled from the school.

“I am enraged beyond words at this,” Clare Intili (9) said. “Our country should know that this sort of behavior is unacceptable.”

Popular comedian and actor Will Ferrell, who was a member of the fraternity Delta Tau Delta at the University of Southern Carolina, took part in the protests of the fraternity and fraternities all together.

“The incident in Oklahoma, that is a real argument for getting rid of the system altogether, in my opinion, even having been through a fraternity,” Ferrell told the New York Times. “Because when you break it down, it really is about creating cliques and clubs and being exclusionary.”

The school expelled two students since the release of the video. The SAE’s national office referred to the video as “inappropriate” and “disgusting.”

“In addition, all of the members have been suspended, and those members who are responsible for the incident may have their membership privileges revoked permanently,” the national SAE office said in its statement.

Unheard, a black student group at the university, released the video. Brad Cohen, SAE president, called an immediate board meeting. The board voted to shut down the Southern Carolina chapter of the fraternity and apologized on behalf of the students in the video. Levi Pettit, who led the chanting in the video, spoke to the press on Mar. 25, expressing his condolences.

“There are no excuses for my behavior. I never thought of myself as a racist. I never considered it a possibility,” Pettit told reporters at an Oklahoma City church. “But the bottom line is that the words that were said in that chant were mean, hateful and racist. I will be deeply sorry and deeply ashamed of what I’ve done for the rest of my life.”

By Sarah Hagan



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