That must've been some leadership event.
Despite SAE leadership protesting and saying they'd never heard the racist song before video appeared of University of Oklahoma SAE members singing it on a bus
, OU President David Boren says otherwise:
Speaking outside Evans Hall on OU's campus, Boren said an investigation into the SAE incident revealed that members learned the racist chant four years ago on a national SAE leadership cruise and brought it back to campus.
He said the chant had been taught to members and pledges at both formal and informal events at the university. He called the song "widely known and informally shared" among national SAE leadership.
And he wants to know more:
In the letter, Boren asked SAE's leaders to disclose whether they have looked into how widely the chant was taught or used in chapters across the country and what steps it has taken "to remedy the situation."
Boren said 25 students had been disciplined, but more needs to be done:
"This is not just a problem here at this campus or at other college campuses, … this is a problem in America," Boren said.
"Every day, every week there seems to be another" incident, he said, his voice rising with emotion. "I don’t know why it’s happening, but I know … we can stop it."
Hats off to OU President Boren for addressing this head-on from the moment the video started going viral. This is what leadership looks like. Perhaps SAE leaders will take note.