It would appear that the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon is to blame, after a Twitter video surfaced over the weekend. It was taken on a bus and is depicting fraternity members chanting that there would never be a “n____r” admitted into SAE. The video was launched by a black student alliance, known as Unheard, whose purpose is said to be raising awareness and rallying for campus change. They’ve certainly been successful at raising awareness here, as the University President David Boren, to whom the tweet was directed, has wasted no time in reacting.
Boren consequently closed the fraternity’s doors, forcing its members to relocate, to which he had no sympathy. He also claimed that he was “sickened” by what he saw and it actually caused him unrest. He went further to disconnect the University affiliations with the fraternity and labeled its members “bigots” and not “real Sooners”.
Upon closing the Oklahoma chapter, the national SAE organization threatened possible permanent banishment to all members involved in the incident, revoking all privileges. In an online statement, they said:
“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.”