Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Culture | By Wayne Carr

Syracuse University fraternity suspended for racist videos

Syracuse University fraternity suspended for racist videos

The university has not released the footage, citing the ongoing investigation, but part of the video was available on The Daily Orange's website as of late Wednesday evening. "None of the satire was said or done in malice", the statement said.

Both the national group and the chapter stressed that they support inclusiveness.

Syracuse University in NY suspended the Theta Tau fraternity on Wednesday and campus police launched an investigation into the members involved in the video to take "additional legal and disciplinary action", Chancellor Kent Syverud said in a message to the campus.

That said, many bright lines were obviously crossed.

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Syverud also spoke to the Today show on Friday, saying he was shocked when he saw the video.

Student Association President James Franco said students expressed their feelings, shared their experiences, and discussed actions that could be taken.

The Theta Tau chapter apologized in a lengthy statement, but emphasized that it is important to understand the video's "context". Along the way, they chanted "Release the video" and "We're exhausted of being sick and exhausted". Soon after he yells, "You f***in' k*kes, get in the f***in' showers", a reference to gas chambers during the Holocaust, as other members laugh and applaud. And this isn't just isolated situation for regular full-time students, I've heard D-1 athletes being called monkeys and "ni**ers" and even crazier things.

The man on his knees makes a series of sexually explicit motions before reciting "the oath". Most of the students who attended the rally were people of color, and Syracuse University is mostly white.

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A person sits down in a rolling chair in another video and a different person yells, "He's drooling out of his mouth because he's retarded in a wheelchair". reported the frat house was occupied but shuttered. Around 30,000 people have been initiated into the fraternity since.

In the scene that has incited students across Syracuse to protest the frat behind the video, the Tri Kappa leader stands before a Theta Tau member (the same one who had sex with a dog earlier in the skit). In 2015, Sigma Alpha Epsilon closed its University of Oklahoma chapter - and two students were expelled - after members were filmed chanting that African-Americans would never be allowed to join. Alpha Epsilon Pi was suspended in February for unsafe conduct involving a new member.

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