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“Disgusted and outraged,” OU students react to racist viral video with prayer circles, protests

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NORMAN, Okla. - A viral video that originated in Oklahoma is shocking the nation.

The cell phone recording captured members from OU's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity singing a racist chant.

Now, students are speaking out about the chant, responding with prayer circles and protests.

“You are a disgrace. You have violated every principle that this university stands for, every value,” said OU President David Boren. “In my mind, you shouldn`t have the privilege of calling yourself a Sooner."

During a protest on Monday morning, Boren had strong words for those responsible and those standing up against racism.

“Sooners believe in equal opportunity and treat each other with respect,” said Boren.

Many students on campus said these are real issues that needed to be out in the open.

“It was an attitude of disappointment, but also not completely surprised,” said Amen Holman.

“My initial reaction is disgust. I knew things like this happened. I've heard of black-faced parties where people dress up as black people, so I wasn't really surprised. I was just more disgusted and outraged," said Riian Whitby.

That's why students came together for a silent protest, marching around campus with duct tape over their mouths with the word 'Unheard' written across it.

Students covered the Dean of Student Affairs' door with Post-It notes with sayings like, 'Why am I hated on my own campus?'

With the video publicized, some students said this is the time for change.

“I think we need to be intentional about ways we can work cross culturally, inter-culturally to ensure that we have a higher understanding of how we can respect each other, all of us,” said Holman.

"I just take pride in who I am and I'm comfortable in my own skin," said Whitby.

Boren says SAE is disbanded and fraternity members have until midnight to get their belongings out of the house.

The national SAE chapter has also closed the chapter at OU following the very public and controversial video.

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