The Internet was buzzing Monday morning over the University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity chapter, which was suspended Sunday night following the posting of a video showing the brothers singing a racist chant. Social media played a critical role in bringing the video to light, and at one point, two of the top nine trending Twitter topics were devoted to the incident: "University of Oklahoma" and #SAEHatesMe.
A black student organization, Unheard, posted the clip on Twitter on Sunday night and tagged university President David Boren. The clip shows several fraternity members on a bus, yelling “There will never be a n----- in SAE" and “You can hang them from a tree, but they’ll never sign with me,” according to CNN. Boren replied less than an hour later, writing that "if the video is indeed of OU students, this behavior will not be tolerated."
If the video is indeed of OU students, this behavior will not be tolerated and is contrary to all of our values. We are investigating. - DBo
— David Boren (@President_Boren) March 9, 2015
While we correct our server issues, here's our statement. pic.twitter.com/yOBqubcLFO
— Sigma Alpha Epsilon (@sae1856) March 9, 2015
"Clearly in that video, that is nothing new," Unheard co-director Chelsea Davis told ABC's "Good Morning America." "That is nothing that just sparks up overnight. That is a chant that was well-known, well-versed, and seemed to be OK with everybody that was involved." As students gathered on campus Monday in Norman for a peaceful protest, others took to social media to express their outrage with the fraternity and racism as a whole.
All Greek letter organizations have their founding principles. SAE is not the first, nor the only for that matter. #SAEHatesMe
— Anthony J.Rosborough (@AdjacentVibes) March 9, 2015
"They didn't mean it. It was just a joke." You expect me to believe that a rehearsed and synchronized racist chant was a joke? #SAEHatesMe
— Freedom Fighter (@PoloT_TreyG) March 9, 2015
As of right now, I am not proud to say that I attend the University of Oklahoma. #SAEHatesMe
— ♈ APRIL 17th ♈ (@Just_KingCammm) March 9, 2015
@President_Boren I was an SAE at a university in Texas from 2000-2004. The exact same chant was often used then. This is not isolated.
â€” Echo5Romeo (@MikeEvans25) March 9, 2015
#SAEHatesMe this shouldn't be a surprise. Has been happening for years. Finally caught on video. Not the university but the frat
— Deiondre Ootsey (@dootsey1313) March 9, 2015
Apology? Nah, they are just sorry they got caught. Racism will never end if racists keep getting a slap on the wrist! #SAEHatesMe
— Israel McCullough (@IsraelMC01) March 9, 2015