A University of Oklahoma fraternity made waves after a video of members leading a racist chant went viral. Members of OU’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon were caught on video saying shocking lyrics such as “there will never be a n****r SAE” along with a line about hanging Blacks from trees.
The video appeared online Sunday night, showing a group of SAE members on a bus trip leading a raucous chant complete with hand clapping and an unnamed young white gentleman leading the group. The Twitter account @OU_Unheard posted the clip, which garnered an immediate reaction from OU President David Boren stating that the school was looking into the matter.
The response to the video was swift on social media, and people are still reeling from what they saw. There were also strong feelings on the campus, this after someone spray-painted the outside walls of OU’s SAE frat house with the words “Tear It Down.”
No violence or anything of the sort has been reported by the school, but OU Unheard vowed that they will not let the issue rest. The SAE’s national headquarters issued a statement via Twitter early Monday (Mar. 9) morning announcing that it is shutting down the chapter, with the fraternity’s President Brad Cohen stating he was “shocked and disappointed.”
All morning, comments from students have been pouring in on Twitter and other forms of social media over the incident with most being in favor of the SAE’s actions.
Last December, a SAE chapter at the University of Clemson was in hot water for hosting a questionable gangster rapper-themed “Cripmas” party.
Watch the SAE video below.