Expelled Oklahoma Students Apologize For Racist Chant, SAE National Headquarters Denies Endorsement
The two ringleaders of that notorious frat house chant causing uproar across America are apologizing.
"You can hang them from a tree but they'll never sign with me. There will never be a _____ at SAE!"
The anguished parents of sophomore Levi Petit said in a statement: "He made a horrible mistake, and will live with the consequences forever. However, we also know the depth of our son's character. We know his heart, and he is not a racist."
And 19-year-old old freshman Parker Rice issued his own public apology: "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."
Both students have been expelled from the University of Oklahoma.
Rice, the son of a wealthy real estate executive from Dallas said alcohol played a role. He also said, "The song was taught to us," referring to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, whose roots in the deep south date back to before the Civil War.
The fraternity is admitting the chant has been in use in the Oklahoma chapter for up to four years, calling it a horrible cancer. "We are sincerely remorseful for the pain that this terrible chant has caused. We are truly sorry."
Now, the scandal is widening to other campuses. Former frat brothers and sorority sisters are taking to social media claiming that the racist chant has been sung at other SAE chapters for generations!
One Texas woman tweeted: "yep, same song I heard at state u in 1974."
And MSNBC's Morning Joe show is coming under fire on social media today for suggesting that the students learned racist language from rappers.
Joe Scarborough said, "It's a white audience, and they hear this over and over again. So do they hear this at home? Well, chances are good, no, they heard a lot of this from guys like this who are now acting shocked."
Willie Geist said, "There is a distinction between white kids on a bus singing about hanging someone and Waka Flocka singing a song."