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Oklahoma frat boys get publicly shamed and lynched online

by | 9th, March 2015

“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.”

 

So sing a few young white students dressed formal wear riding a bus chartered by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma. The SAE is a national organisation and its headquarters called the video “inappropriate” and said it was “disgusted” by its singing members.

 

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Adding:

“In addition, all of the members have been suspended, and those members who are responsible for the incident may have their membership privileges revoked permanently.”

University of Oklahoma President David Boren says the SAE will be kicked off campus. Forget blaming the mentally-negligible singers. Just blame everyone. You can be guilty by listening.

Brad Cohen, the fraternity’s national president, is no less intolerant:

“When we learned about this incident, I called an immediate board meeting, and we determined with no mental reservation whatsoever that this chapter needed to be closed immediately. I am proud of my fellow board members because we mean what we say.”

It’s been closed.

But who recorded the video and uploaded it? Were they an SAE member? If they are, did they seek to expose the bigots or are they too dumb to realise the song’s impact? This site says Oklahoma is the most racist US State. Was the song a celebration?

The New York Times says the video was uploaded to YouTube by student group the Unheard Movement, which identified the people in it as members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, although “the group did not indicate how it obtained the video or when it was filmed.”

And what of the singers, notably the man in the tuxedo leading the chant? His nine-seconds of stupidity will now ruin his life. His name is mud. We don’t know the context of this chant. All we know is that very soon he will become the world’s most evil scumbag who should crawl away and die. Tweeters and Facebookers who don’t really care will thrill at his destruction.

The knowing will point to the video of a rare moment of obvious racism and say it is the unmasking of bigger ills that the morally right and uniquely sensitive know to be true.

And it’s rarity is why the video has travelled and gone viral. A few numbskulls singing a racist song are turned into a huge news story. Why? Because it is the kind of story that reflects well on the storyteller, passing as shorthand for your own sound morals.

No need to march, vote, employ a black editor or look beyond race in your own life. No need to note that the frat house has been expelled and universally condemned.  Just retweet if you are an anti-racist:

 

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Google never forgets. You, sir, are the epitome of the entitled, white, ignorant racist. And you are a man no longer able to be yourself. In the court of public opinion, you’ve been sent down for life.

 



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