A group of Oklahoma University students were either oblivious to the fact that you can't make threatening songs toward an entire race of individuals or they just weren’t bothered by the issue. Subsequently, dire sanctions were placed almost immediately on the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter of the University of Oklahoma after this cynical video began to proliferate through social media on Sunday.
Members of the fraterinty were ironically heading to a Founder's Day event when the song broke out on the bus amongst laughing and jostling around. One bus goer filmed the song and uploaded the content to social media. A student organization got wind of the video and posted it online. One hour later the University of Oklahoma president, David Boren, was condemning the footage, stating that action would be taken against the individuals responsible.
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon national chapter beat them to the punch, effectively closing the entire Sigma Alpha Epsilon program at the university. The fraternity might one day be allowed back on the campus-- just with an entirely different group of men. The national SAE also denuniciated the video affirming, "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".
However, some believe that SAE has a long history of questionable behavior, so this is no deviation from the norm. There were alleged hazing incidents in recent years that resulted in death for pledgees of the program. One death occurred in 2011 when a student suffered hypothermia and alcohol poisoning during pledging activities. Consequently, SAE has banned new chapter expansions at other colleges. Twelve chapters across the nation have been closed due to hazing incidents.
Students and visitors to the University of Oklahoma have held prayer vigils over the acts seen in the video above, urging for peace. There is also a rally planned on the campus for this evening over the events.
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