National news outlets have been in a frenzy during the last week when a video of several members of an all-white chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Oklahoma University were caught on video singing a song with lyrics as pleasant as “You can hang him from a tree/but he can never sign with me/there will never be a n*gger SAE.”
A CNN report is now stating that former members have been the recipient of death threats as well as physical assault.
While I do not condone the use of violence, especially committed towards freshman university students who are likely ignorant and are brought up to think the way they do, I would like to shed some light on a problem that is an issue in both the present and future.
A brief look at the list of alumni of SAE chapters all over the country reveals that many members go on to be successful authors, musicians, prominent athletes, company presidents and CEOs as well as governmental politicians and representatives. There’s good reason to believe that a chunk of them went on to law enforcement too. All were part of the aforementioned fraternity that has a history of being connected to racially-charged incidents, a fraternity that was once contained only in Southern America which, needless to say, isn’t exactly well-known for being the most liberal parts of the US. When we consider the mistreatment, behavior and portrayal of minorities in this country, we must also take into account the individuals working behind the scenes to make it so. The perpetuation of adversity against these groups is not a coincidence. Black, Hispanic and Asian people are victimized by a systematic weakening of the ability for these groups to progress in society exists, for the simple reason that those who hold the reigns maintain firm beliefs regarding minorities.
We have former members of a fraternity accused of teaching its members the lyrics to anti-black songs, and then we have those who adamantly support the idea that systematic racism is a myth. What a world we live in.