By Emily Trube | @KRLDEmily
NORMAN (CBSDFW.COM) — The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house at the University of Oklahoma is officially vacant.
Under the orders of OU President David Boren, the fraternity brothers moved their belongings out of the SAE chapter house on Tuesday. Closing the house was one of several swift actions taken by Boren in the wake of a viral video showing SAE fraternity brothers singing a racist chant on a chartered bus to a fraternity celebration.
The theme of the chant, which includes the “N” word and references lynchings, is that African Americans are not allowed into the fraternity. This an attitude that is both old and new, according to OU alumnus Jonathan Davis.
He became the university’s SAE chapter’s first African American inductee, when he joined in 1999.
Davis says that he never heard the chant while at the University of Oklahoma and did not experience racial tension in what he says was a very diverse house 15 years ago.
KRLD’s Emily Trube spoke with Davis, who thinks President Boren took appropriate action in the aftermath.
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