NORMAN, Okla. — A racist chant by several members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity that was caught on video led to outrage from the school’s president and the organization’s banishment from campus, but fallout from the incident appears far from over.
President David Boren said an investigation is underway to determine if some of the students could be expelled for violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits racial discrimination. The video, which was posted online, shows several people on a bus participating in a chant that included a racial slur, referenced lynching and indicated black students would never be admitted to OU’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. “We are also going to look at any individual perpetrators, particularly those that we think took a lead in this kind of activity,” Boren said.
A top high school recruit de-committed from the university on Monday after seeing the video. And an online fundraiser has been launched to help support an African-American cook who worked at the fraternity for about a decade.