A video was posted on Twitter Sunday evening (March 8)—a day after President Obama’s speech at Selma, Ala. and same day as the 50th anniversary of “Blood Sunday”—of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers of the University of Oklahoma singing a racist song about never letting black people pledge (see below).
Since the release, SAE has closed its chapter at the University of Oklahoma, suspending all its members and stating that the men featured in the video “may have their membership privileges revoked permanently.”
We apologize for the unacceptable and racist behavior of the individuals in the video, and we are disgusted that any member would act in such a way. Furthermore, we are embarrassed by this video and offer our empathy not only to anyone outside the organization who is offended but also to our brothers who come from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities.
This type of racist behavior will not be tolerated and is not consistent with the values and morals of our fraternity. We have more than 15,000 collegiate members across the nation, and this incident should not reflect on other brothers because this type of hateful action is not what Sigma Alpha Epsilon stands for. This is absolutely not who we are.