The University of Oklahoma closed its Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) chapter after a racist chant led to widespread condemnation.
Alleged members of the fraternity SAE are featured on a 10-second video engaging in racist chants.
Upon hearing about this video, the national SAE headquarters decided to take action. The headquarters closed the Oklahoma Kappa chapter and suspended all its members. Additionally, members directly involved in the incident may have their membership privileges revoked permanently. On its website, the SAE headquarters issued an apology. Part of it reads: “We apologize for the unacceptable and racist behavior of the individuals in the video, and we are disgusted that any member would act in such a way. Furthermore, we are embarrassed by this video and offer our empathy not only to anyone outside the organization who is offended but also to our brothers who come from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities.”
Reactions to the video included the side of the chapter house being spray-painted with the words: “Tear It Down.” All members of the fraternity packed up their things late last night and left the chapter house.
In a statement posted on Twitter, by University of Oklahoma’s president, David Boren, he announced that the university is under “investigation to determine if the video involved OU students. 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.”
The video was reportedly first posted by Unheard, an African-American activist group devoted to fighting racism at OU.
The investigation at the University of Oklahoma is ongoing.