OU SAE racist video scandal: 5 things we learned from David Boren's press conference
University of Oklahoma President David Boren disclosed findings today of the investigation into the racist chant sang by members of the University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity that was caught on video earlier this month.
Here are five things we learned from the press conference.
No. 5 – The chant itself
Boren said the chant was learned four years ago on a national leadership cruise and brought back to the local chapter of SAE. He said officials conducted 160 interviews to uncover the chant’s origin.
No. 4 – High schoolers on the bus
Aside from SAE members, high school students and potential recruits were also on the bus when the chant was started, Boren said.
No. 3 – Discipline
Overall, Boren said 24 or 25 students have been disciplined for their involvement with the chant, including officers of the SAE chapter.
No. 2 – Boren’s reaction
Boren said he doesn’t believe those who were disciplined are “racist in their hearts,” but what he heard and saw when the students opened up to each other caused him to “shed tears.” He went on to reiterate that “you don’t have to sing something just because you heard it somewhere else.”
No. 1 – The end?
“The matter cannot be closed, in our view, until the culture at the national level is addressed,” Boren said.