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Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s National President of Responds To Racist Chant Video

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s National President, Brad Cohen, has responded to the controversial video that was released Sunday of white members of his fraternity’s Oklahoma chapter chanting a racist song about African-Americans.

Cohen took to Twitter Sunday night to express his “disgust” with the actions of his fraternity’s members.

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The video that he is referring to was posted anonymously to YouTube on Sunday of members of the fraternity’s Oklahoma chapter singing racist lyrics about their intake practices. The video has received immediate national attention and both the university as well as the national headquaters for SAE are launching investigations.

In the video, a bus full of caucasian fraternity members in formal attire are see clapping along and singing the following lyrics:

“There will never be a ni**** in SAE.
There will never be a ni**** in SAE.
You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with me
There will never be a ni**** in SAE.”

UPDATE: SAE’s national headquarters has moved very quickly to address this situation. Within hours of the video going viral they have made an official order to close the Oklahoma chapter.

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Do you think they made the right move? What do you think the best next step is to address this situation?

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  1. DJBAM

    March 8, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Why hate someone because of their skin color? What’s the reason you can hate African Americans so much?

  2. Julian Longo

    March 9, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    It’s apparently human nature to be bigoted, to have like and dislikes. Everybody is culpable, but not everybody is forced to pay the price. Charlie Hebdo supposedly gave impetus to the right to insult and offend people, We seem to be talking out of two sides of our mouths. Harmless repulsive speech is just that harmless. In today’s world innocuous, personal expression is deemed racism and not tolerated, but the institutional and endemic racism that actually hurts or damages people’s opportunities to succeed is not. So, in order to keep the sham of equality of opportunity and treatment going, the thought police punish only overt instances of supposed racism that are more often than not just innocuous insults or tasteless jokes.

  3. DobabyR

    March 10, 2015 at 4:12 am

    Why not focus on becoming a fraternity member instead of that unnecessary ridiculous chant. Geez! Good riddance!

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