We probably all saw the video or heard the news about the SAE fraternity at the University of Oklahoma. Above is the link if you haven’t. This racist video is absolutely disgraceful, but for once a university President has taken a strong stance on this issue and has directly dealt with it and spoken about it.
“To those who have misused their free speech in such a reprehensible way, I have a message for you. You are disgraceful. You have violated all that we sand for. You should not have the privilege of calling yourselves “Sooners”. Real Sooners are not racist. Real Sooners are not bigots. Real Sooners believe in equal opportunity. Real Sooners treat all people with respect. Real Sooners love each other take care of each other like family members.
“Effective immediately, all ties and affiliations between this University and the local SAE chapter are hereby severed. I direct that the house be closed and that members will remove their personal belongings from the house by midnight tomorrow. Those needing to make special arrangements for positions shall contact the Dean of Students.
“All of us will redouble our efforts to create the strongest sense of family and community. We vow that we will be an example to the entire country of how to deal with this issue. There must be a zero tolerance for racism everywhere in our nation.
I am very glad that that SAE chapter is closed and I hope that the National organization strips them away of their membership for life. You will often hear about fraternities and sororities on the news when an issue like racism, sexual harassment, violence, and hazing occur; furthermore, there will be some people who will defend those actions by stating that they are simply college kids, they don’t know what they are doing. I am sick and tired of hearing excuses, people need to start owning up to their actions and they need to face the consequences. I know so many incredible Greek organizations and members who work so hard to bring positive change into their campus and into their communities and their work doesn’t get recognized. That is why I hope that in the future if problems occur where a fraternity or sorority are committing acts of racism, violence, or hazing I hope that their national organization and senior administrators speak up like President Boren and I hope they too have zero tolerance.