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Fraternity Closes Chapter After Racist Video Sparks Uproar

Mar 9, 2015  •  Post A Comment

A fraternity has shut down a chapter at a major university after a video surfaced that appears to show members of the fraternity engaging in a racist chant while on a charter bus.

USA Today reports that the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity closed its University of Oklahoma chapter. The University, meanwhile, severed ties with the fraternity and may expel some of its members, according to university President David Boren.

The video appears to show fraternity members using an ethnic slur and indicating that African Americans will never be admitted into the frat, while also making references to lynching, USA Today reports.

“Boren, who joined hundreds of students at the Norman campus in a predawn protest, called the students participating in the video ‘disgraceful’ and promised a thorough investigation,” the story reports.

After the protest, Boren tweeted: “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 stand for. You should not have the privilege of calling yourself ‘Sooners.'”

Boren also vowed that the school would provide “an example to the entire country of how to deal with this issue. There must be zero tolerance for racism everywhere in our nation.”

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