Racism could sink a well-known fraternity! Recently a 9 second video was released showing the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity from University of Oklahoma singing a song that used a derogatory term for black people and referenced lynching.
We need to make progress in bringing our society together and when this kind of thing is happens "underground," then nothing can be done about it. This video came out and I am glad it did! Because somebody was brave enough to share it, punishment can be swift and harsh. University of Oklahoma President David Boren ordered the SAE house to close and expelled two students identified as ringleaders.
Why stop there? Everyone in that video should be punished the same. In fact any on campus organization guilty of promoting racism should be immediately thrown out.
New investigations are underway at SAE chapters in Louisiana and Texas, and if they find evidence of racism, they should send them packing too.
Now, this is not an indictment of Greek life. Fraternities and sororities on campuses across America serve their communities and universities. When they do great things, we should support them whole heartedly. But when their behavior veers into something so dark and hateful, something has to be done.
Taking a tough stance against racism and holding people accountable for their actions will make this A Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager