Today, University of Oklahoma president David Boren sent a powerful message of zero tolerance for racism after a video surfaced of the school's chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon shouting racist chants.
Warning: offensive language.
After announcing that the chapter must shut down and remove themselves from their chapter house immediately, President Boren released the following statement via the OU Facebook page:
The statement reads:
To those who have misused their free speech in such a reprehensible way, I have a message for you. You are disgraceful. You have violated all that we stand for. You should not have the privilege of calling yourselves "Sooners." Real Sooners are not racist. Real Sooners are not bigots. Real Sooners believe in equal opportunity. Real Sooners treat all people with respect. Real Sooners love each other and take care of each other like family members.
Effective immediately, all ties and affiliations between this University and the local SAE chapter are hereby severed. 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 possessions shall contact the Dean of Students.
All of us will redouble our efforts to create the strongest sense of family and community. We vow that we will be an example to the entire country of how to deal with this issue. There must be zero tolerance for racism everywhere in our nation.
"No place for racism. They will be dealt with!" national chapter president Brad Cohen tweeted to a woman who asked them to intervene.
One million points to the University of Oklahoma, Sigma Alpha Epsilon national headquarters, and most importantly, President Boren, for not tolerating racism in any way, shape or form.