Racist frat boys have until midnight to get off campus; disturbing chant blowing up Internet

An inexcusable video of University of Oklahoma students and members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity singing a racist song has sparked outrage and caused the university president to demand they be out of the frat house by midnight.

On Monday, star Sooners linebacker Eric Striker, 21, expected to be drafted into the National Football League, issued an emotionally charged statement via Snapchat and many students rallied outside of the SAE frat house to protest the group.

“You’re the same mother f***ers telling us racism don’t exist — f*** you phony a**, fraud a** b****es,” Striker said in his video.

The lyrics, as transcribed by the website Total Sorority Move, are as follows:

There will never be a (N word) SAE.
There will never be a (N word) SAE.
You can hang ‘em from a tree,
But they’ll never [inaudible] with me.
There will never be a (N word) SAE.”

Sigma Alpha Epsilon officials issued a statement Sunday that condemned the song and video and announced the closing of its Oklahoma chapter along with the suspension of all of that chapter’s members.

“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,” the statement read. “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.”

“I was not only shocked and disappointed but disgusted by the outright display of racism displayed in the video,” said Brad Cohen, the fraternity’s national president. “SAE is a diverse organization, and we have zero tolerance for racism or any bad behavior. 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.”

University of Oklahoma President David Boren posted three tweets that condemned the video and vowed an investigation into the matter.

“Effective immediately, all ties and affiliations between this University and the local SAE chapter are hereby severed,” Boren’s statement read. “I direct that the house be closed and that members will remove their personal belongings from the house by midnight tomorrow. Those needing to make special arrangements for positions shall contact the Dean of Students.”

He also praised the students who attended the rally Monday against the fraternity.

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