DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Shouting… cursing… stopping cars – those were just some of the actions of protestors, in front of the Dallas home of Parker Rice, the University of Oklahoma freshman seen leading Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members in a racist chant.
The video seen around the world shows SAE fraternity members calling for the lynching of blacks, using the N-word, and vying to keep them out of the fraternity.
The Wednesday night protest was organized after it was discovered that Dallas-native Parker Rice was one of the individuals seen in the video, leading the chant.
An entire neighborhood and even police are now taking heat. Dozens of people showed up outside the now expelled freshman’s home. The group walked up and down the street with signs, chanted and at some points even stopped cars to relay their message.
The group, Next Generation Action Network, says Rice and Highland Park-graduate Levi Pettit, another SAE member seen in the OU video and now also expelled from the university, made a bold statement that was caught on tape and now it time for protesters to make theirs.
Their numbers didn’t pack the street, but their message was heard loud and clear. “This is what democracy looks like,” they chanted. “Teach your kids another way, no modern day KKK!”
Protester Dominique Alexander said, “It makes the bold statement. Where he comes from… we want the world to know where he comes from.”
Some protesters were even pointing the finger at area residents, making allegations that neighbor Mike Grimm said are simply untrue. “I heard some of them saying the neighborhood is racist, which is totally incorrect. It’s painting it with a broad brush.”
Grimm, who lives just across the street from Parker Rice’s family, didn’t have a problem with the protest. “It’s a tough situation and they’ll [the Rice family] deal with it. They’re good people.”
Protesters are now calling for Rice and Pettit to appear in person and apologize for what they did and said in the now viral video.
“It wasn’t enough. You can write anything. We don’t know if he wrote that. You get me?” said Alexander.
The group plans to file a federal complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice.
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