In case you’ve been under a rock, yesterday, a video was posted on Youtube, showing members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity singing a very disturbing song, in which they happily declared that “n*ggers” would never be a part of their organization. Unfortunately for them, the video went viral and that chapter of SAE has been CLOSED, effective immediately. Further, members of SAE have until midnight today to get off of campus.
Though I think it’s safe to say that most people are up in arms about this whole thing, one person I didn’t expect to speak out was Waka Flocka! Apparently the rapper was scheduled to perform at the University of Oklahoma in the months to come. The rapper, a little over half an hour ago, posted a message to his Instagram page, calling the performance off.
OU President David Boren released a statement Monday morning:
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 positions 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.
All I can say is WOW, and kudos to Waka for standing up for what’s right!