(Norman, OK — March 10, 2015) – Average, ordinary, everyday Americans like to believe that the country is finally conquering the scourge of racism, bigotry, and hatred.
For others, the song remains the same.
Over the weekend, racist videos involving students from the University of Oklahoma (OU) came to light, featuring the following racist chants:
- There will never be a [explicative] SAE,
There will never be a [explicative] SAE,
You can hang ’em from a tree,
But he can never sign with me,
There will never be a [explicative] SAE!
The students in question are members of OU’s chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (Σ Α Ε (SAE)) fraternity. The fraternity no longer exists at OU.
On Sunday, the OU chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon was shut down both by OU President David Boren and Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s national headquarters. On Monday, OU formally severed all ties to the fraternity, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s national headquarters formally suspended all members.
And just today, Boren announced the expulsion of two OU students. Whether their expulsions will be permanent is up to OU’s Equal Opportunity Officer – assuming the students want to appeal the decision.
“If this situation involved the NFL (National Football League) or MLB (Major League Baseball), I’d expect the punishments to be overturned – in time for lunch,” said an employee for the labor law practice of Littler Mendelson, speaking on condition of anonymity. “But this is different territory. Average, ordinary, everyday Americans know that the worlds of the NFL and MLB aren’t reality-based. This is a chance to show what reality looks like by enforcing a zero-tolerance policy on racism.”
This is not the kind of publicity the country’s Greek System needs at the moment, although the charges are not of the type which America has been accustomed to reading about. Fraternities are still trying to reverse the damage caused by a November 2014 article in Rolling Stone alleging rape by members of the University of Virginia’s Phi Kappa Psi (Φ Κ Ψ) chapter. The charges later proved false, and while the fraternity was reinstated on January 12, the damage was done.
In addition to rape, fraternities are often associated with drinking and alcoholism. In February 1988, an 18-year-old pledge to Rutgers University’s chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha (Λ Χ Α) drank himself to death. The fraternity was shut down and is still called Lamda Chi Killer (Λ Χ Φονιας) by many.
This is not to say that racism, bigotry, and hatred is confined to the country’s fraternities. Earlier this month, California Christian activist Matt McLaughlin filed a ballot initiative that would mandate death by firing squad for all gay people. McLaughlin paid the required $200 ballot initiative fee to get a vote on his Sodomite Suppression Act. McLaughlin must now collect 365,000 signatures to forward the proposed legislation.
“Not only would these people be shot, but they would ‘be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method,'” said a gay rights activist, speaking of the legislation on condition of anonymity. “It sounds like a page from the ISIS handbook!”
“ISIS” refers to the murderous Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (also known as “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)” and “Islamic State (IS)” and “Daesh” and “Al-Qaeda in Iraq”).
And this racism, bigotry, and hatred is also at the Federal level. Possible 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson recently shared his views on homosexuality during a CNN interview:
- “Because a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight – and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”
Carson has since apologized for his statements.
“Dr. Carson regrets what he said,” said a Carson spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity. “As is usually the case with the liberal and lamestream media, his words were taken out of context.”
Carson has also since vowed to never again speak to the “liberal press” or address the issue of gay marriage.
“He’s going to avoid most of the nation’s press?” asked a journalist, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And he’s not going to talk about the issues in the forefront of the minds of average, ordinary, everyday Americans? It’s either stupid or brilliant. Only time will tell.”