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Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity Kicked Out Of Oklahoma University Over Racist Video

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(Photo : Wikipedia) Oklahoma University kicked out the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity because of a racist video.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) has left the Oklahoma University ahead of the deadline given by Oklahoma University President David Boren in light of a recent racist video scandal.

Boren gave the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon to Tuesday midnight as deadline for the Greek-letter group to vacate its campus fraternity house. He said it is up to fraternity members to find their own accommodation because "we don't provide housing for bigots," he said, quotes Washington Post.

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Members of the fraternity loaded their things into trucks and minivans, while university maintenance crew removed the Greek letters from their former house.

Besides booting the fraternity, Boren is considering expelling members of the fraternity involved in the video with a racial slur and references to lynching. Boren did not mince words in expressing anger at the fraternity.

"You are disgraceful. You have violated all that we stand for..." Boren told SAE members. "Real Sooners are not racists. Real Sooners are not bigots."

An ongoing investigation is now establishing who are the students involved and risks being kicked out of the university. Boren concedes that not all members of the fraternity are involved, but a big number are ---approximately a busload.

The fraternity's national headquarters announced on its website the closure of its Oklahoma University chapter after the discovery of the inappropriate video. It also suspended all members, while it threatened to revoke permanently the membership privileges of all members responsible for the video, reports Washington Post.

The SAE also apologized for the behavior of its Oklahoma University chapter. It said it was embarrassed by the video and offers its empathy to anyone outside the fraternity offended by it as well as members who come from different backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities.

Unheard, an African American activist group within the university was reportedly the first to post the video on Sunday night.

This is not the first time that the fraternity got into trouble over racism. In 1982, the University of Cincinnati chapter was suspended for sponsoring a mock celebration of Martin Luther King Day, considered as racist.

In 2006, the incident was similarly repeated in Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In 2013, a Washington University chapter in St. Louis was suspended for allegedly singing a racist song to an African American pledge.


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