OU SAE Board: Racist chant has been going on for years, issues apology


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NORMAN, Okla. – The Board of Trustees and Alumni of the University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter has issued an apology after a video of their fraternity members singing a racist chant went viral.

In the video, you can hear the SAE fraternity cheering “there will never be a nig*** in SAE.”

The chant goes on to say, “you can hang them from a tree, but they’ll never sign with me.”

The Board of Trustees issued a statement Wednesday claiming the chant has been going on for years.

The OU SAE Board of Trustees has discovered that a horrible cancer entered into the OU chapter of SAE three to four years ago and was not immediately and totally stopped.  It should have been.  We are sincerely remorseful for the pain that this terrible chant has caused and would ask for your forgiveness.  We are truly sorry. For the safety of the students that were involved and the students who were not involved, our desire would be for all parties to begin the healing process. We hope that this despicable situation will forever change an atmosphere that would even allow an incident like this to take place.  

After the video surfaced, University of Oklahoma President David Boren blasted the fraternity members, vowing SAE would never be allowed back on the campus while he is president.

“We don’t have any room for racists and bigots at this university. I’d be glad if they left,” he said.

On Tuesday, OU President Boren expelled two students who played a leadership role in the singing of the racist chant.

Later that day, two SAE members who are seen in the videos also issued apologies for their part in the chant.


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