OU athletics: Impossible to fault Eric Striker's outrage
Eric Striker has always been forthcoming with his feelings and emotions — so the Oklahoma linebacker’s emotional, profanity-laced video responding to the video that surfaced Sunday of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members singing a racist song is understandable.
And just as I always am, I am thankful for Striker’s honesty.
Sure, the profanity is an assault on the senses. Lots of f-bombs. But you know what? Seeing that SAE video was probably an assault on Striker’s senses.
That song is probably stuck in his head like its stuck in so many heads now.
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But if you sort through the profanity, Striker makes a great and sobering point. He and other football players get hugs and handshakes and all sorts of praise from fraternity members, and the way Striker talks, it sounds like some of the SAEs specifically have patted him on the back over the years.
And now this?
Some of these very same people who have been so quick to cheer Striker and his teammates are seen sitting in a bus making it clear that they don’t want minorities in their fraternity, singing a racist song that they were clearly taught somewhere along the way. To be clear, what those men are singing wasn’t picked up in 5 or 10 seconds. It was taught to them somewhere along the way. And there are reports surfacing around the country that indicate that the song is something widely taught by SAE chapters.
It’s disgusting to me as a white woman who has never experienced racism, so I can’t imagine how infuriating it is to Eric Striker and so many others.
We may live in a post-segregation world, but post-racism? Unfortunately not.
The video that Striker made was raw and real. Even though he’s since apologized for the profanity, his message remains — this is sinister, this is wrong, this is infuriating.
Thank you, Eric, for saying so.