By Rachel Heinz
A video surfaced the web showing members of the University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity chanting racial slurs on a bus traveling to a formal event. The students’ chants mentioned lynching and that they would not accept any African-American members into their organization.
According to CNN, the Greek letters were removed from the SAE house immediately and a statement from the school president, David Boren, was given, “I have a message for those who have misused their freedom of speech in this way. My message to them is: You’re disgraceful. You have violated every principle that this school stands for.”
The National Office of SAE in Illinois planned to expel all of the members of the Oklahoma chapter from the organization. The school announced today that 2 students have already been expelled from University of Oklahoma for their leadership roles in this racist act.
The Oklahoma football team and their coach, Bob Stoops, joined in walking with protesters on Monday. These protests came during the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march in Selma, Alabama.
According to USA Today, about 2/3 of the 30,000 students who attend UO are white and about 5% are black.