A University of Oklahoma fraternity will close and its members have been suspended after video purportedly showing some of its members taking part in a racist chant was posted online late Sunday.
The national organization of Sigma Alpha Epsilon said that an investigation had verified the contents of the 10-second video, which showed a group of men on a charter bus chanting the slogan "There'll never be a [n-word] in SAE." The chant also referenced lynching.
"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 organization said in a statement. "This type of racist behavior will not be tolerated and is not consistent with the values and morals of our fraternity."
The Oklahoma Daily, the university's student newspaper, reported that it had received a tip about the video's existence in an e-mail Sunday evening. It was later posted on YouTube by Unheard, a black student group at the university. It wasn't immediately clear how the video was obtained, or where and when the incident took place.
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If the video is indeed of OU students, this behavior will not be tolerated and is contrary to all of our values. We are investigating. - DBo— David Boren (@President_Boren) March 9, 2015
Updated statement attached - DBo pic.twitter.com/xxfiJwCh0P— David Boren (@President_Boren) March 9, 2015