Parker Rice after what I can imagine was a very bad week, decided to speak out in response to backlash he’s been receiving due to a racist Youtube video that went viral. In the video, Rice can be seen joyously singing a song that he claims was taught to him when he pledged. The song went a little something like this:
Rice issued an apology via Dallas Morning News:
“I am deeply sorry for what I did Saturday night. It was wrong and reckless. I made a horrible mistake by joining into the singing and encouraging others to do the same. On Monday, I withdrew from the university, and sadly, at this moment our family is not able to be in our home because of threatening calls as well as frightening talk on social media.”
“I know everyone wants to know why or how this happened. I admit it likely was fueled by alcohol consumed at the house before the bus trip, but that’s not an excuse. Yes, the song was taught to us, but that too doesn’t work as an explanation. It’s more important to acknowledge what I did and what I didn’t do. I didn’t say no, and I clearly dismissed an important value I learned at my beloved high school, Dallas Jesuit. We were taught to be ‘Men for Others.’ I failed in that regard, and in those moments, I also completely ignored the core values and ethics I learned from my parents and others.”
“At this point, all I can do is be thoughtful and prayerful about my next steps, but I am also concerned about the fraternity friends still on campus. Apparently, they are feeling unsafe and some have been harassed by others. Hopefully, the university will protect them.”
“For me, this is a devastating lesson and I am seeking guidance on how I can learn from this and make sure it never happens again. My goal for the long-term is to be a man who has the heart and the courage to reject racism wherever I see or experience it in the future.
“Thank you for your consideration of my deepest apologies for what I did.”
The parents of the other SAE member who can also be seen chanting in the video recently issued an apology…on their son’s behalf?
Statement by Brody & Susan Pettit:
“As parents of Levi, we love him and care for him deeply. He made a horrible mistake, and will live with the consequences forever. However, we also know the depth of our son’s character. He is a good boy, but what we saw in those videos is disgusting. While it may be difficult for those who only know Levi from the video to understand, we know his heart, and he is not a racist. We raised him to be loving and inclusive and we all remain surrounded by a diverse, close-knit group of friends.
We were as shocked and saddened by this news as anyone. Of course, we are sad for our son – but more importantly, we apologize to the community he has hurt. We would also like to apologize to the – entire African American community, University of Oklahoma student body and administration. Our family has the responsibility to apologize, and also to seek forgiveness and reconciliation. Our words will only go so far – as a family, we commit to following our words with deeds.
To our friends and family, thank you for your kind comments and prayers. They are very comforting in this difficult time.
We ask that the media and public please respect our family’s privacy as we come together to heal and determine next steps.”
President David Boren has since expelled these two students.
Via USA Today University of Oklahoma students rally outside the now closed University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house during a rally in Norman, Okla., Tuesday. (Photo: Sue Ogrocki, AP)
It doesn’t stop there with the N-word within the SAE organization. A 2013 Vine video has surfaced, in which the SAE House Mother is dropping N bombs left and right.
Ok. Here’s my one and a half cents on the topic. I don’t think I even have the strength for two:
I don’t accept your apology. You knew what you were doing. You all are fully functional adults. Alcohol is NOT an excuse. As a Black person, I don’t use the words, “cracker” “honkey” “spick” kike” “faggot” etc when referring to or addressing other people. It’s not in my vocabulary. Why? Because I recognize them as offensive, derogatory terms. No amount of liquor can make me use those words because they are NOT IN MY VOCABULARY. “Nigger” IS in your vocabulary. You used it. You used it maliciously. You are not sorry, you are sorry you were caught.
I also don’t accept your apology because Black folk don’t get the luxury or the PRIVILEGE of simply apologizing our indiscretions away. Your disgusting behavior is being described as a “mistake.” We’re being told that you have such good “character.” I. Don’t. Care. Black folk don’t get the courtesy of the whole group not being labeled due to “one bad apple.” Neither do you. Your privilege doesn’t take the onus off of YOUR shoulders, or the shoulders of your fellow SAE members.
And what’s more, this isn’t just an SAE problem. This is a nationwide PROBLEM. For too long, white folk have been able to do and say whatever they want without consequence. Enough is enough. On behalf of all Black folk (excluding Don Lemon, Ben Carson and Clarence Thomas), your apology is NOT accepted.
Better be black jesus. RT @Anti_Intellect: This what Black students turning down HBCUs for?
Help us, Jesus. http://t.co/6n6Q8pvNa1
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