March 9 marks the founders day for Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity, however, it might be a day the fraternity remembers for another reason.
Social media is abuzz over the surfacing Monday of a video of white fraternity members of SAE at the University of Oklahoma singing a racist chant about Black people
The ten-second video posted on Twitter by Unheard, made up of Black college students, shows fraternity members singing “There will never be a nigger at SAE” to the tune of “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.” One of the lines in the song includes “you can hang them from a tree.”
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The university took swift action in the matter with the school’s president condemning the video and looking into possible expulsion of the students. The University of Oklahoma has severed ties the fraternity which is closing their house and leaving campus.
“To those who have misused their free speech in such a reprehensible way, I have a message for you. You are disgraceful,” said university president David Boren. “We vow that we will be an example to the entire country of how to deal with this issue.”
The university has taken down SAE’s chapter website along with taking it off of its list of active student organizations.
National officials of SAE said in a statement, “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.”
Reaction continues as students at the school have gathered at a demonstration to condemn the video. Reports indicate hip hop artist Waka Flocka Flame has canceled a scheduled performance at the school.
On social media people are using the hashtag #SAEHatesMe to voice their outrage over the incident.
“Can’t believe still in 2015 there are people joking about lynchings…,” tweeted Samy Nemir Olivares.
Dr. Reggie Hall tweeted, “ Has society given this generation too much credit for being inclusive? Realizing this is a small segment. WE have work to do!”
“People always question the need for black organizations on campus but fail to acknowledge the existence of modern day racism,” tweeted “Jhonnie Blaze.”
SAE was founded at the University of Alabama in 1856. Famous members include singer Nick Lachey, actor Fred Savage, current Nevada governor Brian Sandoval and NFL player Troy Aikaman.