On Saturday 7th, a video surfaced on YouTube showing two frat boys leading a racist chant. The chant went something like this:
“You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with me. There will never be a ni**er SAE.”
The two Sigma Alpha Epsilon members who were leading the chant were suspended as soon as the whole world learned about this, and were expelled on Tuesday.
Reactions to the expulsion have been polarizing, with some people claiming the decision is too harsh while others claim it’s not enough.
On the morning show Morning Joe, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezinski, with their guest panelist Bill Kristol, defended the fraternity members.
According to these enlightened minds–they are white, if you want to know–the expelled boys are entirely innocent and the blame should instead go to black rappers.
According to them, 19-year-old Parker Rice and 20-year-old Levi Pettit are simply victims of rap music, who were influenced by rap to sing about how blacks don’t belong in their fraternity and should instead be hung.
They even added that blacks should not be shocked by this because it’s our own fault whites are racist.
Talk show host Rush Limbaugh–also white–said something similar. According to him, if Kanye uses the words those SAE racists said in one of his songs and performed it at the Grammys, he would have a hit. Racist much?
Meanwhile, the expelled frat boys issued public apologies. Because, you know, it’s probably not good for your image if the whole world knows you’re racist.
Their apologies were typical racist ones, with mentions of “horrible mistakes” and “seeking guidance” and “I’ll reject racism in future”.
Pettit’s parents went as far as opening a web page, claiming how their son is “not racist in his heart” but is actually a “good boy” and “loving and inclusive”. Yeah, inclusive enough to want blacks hanged from a tree.
This kind of excuse has got to stop. What if ISIS executioners are actually not murderers in their heart, or if the Nazis were inwardly loving and inclusive? Would we accept their actions?
Dr. Phil is among the people who sees the kids for what they are. He said, “Stupidity, apparently, has no limits.” On The Nightly Show, host Larry Wilmore sided with the University of Oklahoma in their decision to expel the students.
Expelling them was the right decision. Even though people claim they are young, they are not kindergarteners who don’t know if what they are saying is wrong.
Rice and Pettit are both over 18, and they know what the n-word means. Singing about killing one just so their frat house doesn’t have a black member is something that deserves worse than expulsion.
Hopefully, they have learned their lesson. However, it’s alarming how many racist incidents have been popping up recently. Is this a trend? Is white superiority trying to make a comeback? Let me know what you think below.