University of Oklahoma SAE Fraternity Closed After Racist Video

The University of Oklahoma is investigating a video circulating on social media allegedly showing members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity singing racist language, the school’s president said Sunday.

« If OU students are involved, this behavior will not be tolerated and will be addressed very quickly, » OU President David Boren said in a tweeted statement, adding that confirmation would cause him to ban the fraternity chapter from campus. « This behavior is reprehensible and contrary to all of our values. »

The video shows students who appear to be on a bus singing, « There will never be a n****r in SAE. »

Brad Cohen, national president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, tweeted late Sunday that « we have now closed the chapter and will expel all those involved. »

« 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, » SAE’s national headquarters added in a statement. « 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.

Police were sent to the frat house on Sunday night as a precaution. A message was spray painted on the building after an officer left to handle another call.

Unheard, a Black student group on Oklahoma’s campus said in a statement that the video « contains language that is offensive, disrespectful and unacceptable. »

« We still have a reason to march, » the statement added, referencing the 50th anniversary of a bloody confrontation in Selma between police and peaceful protesters seeking voting rights for blacks.


—Richie Duchon and Shamar Walters

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