Oklahoma University: Where singing a racist song is worse than beating women.

So, I recently saw a video of a bunch of white Frat boys from OU on a bus singing a racist song that was offensive to black people.

The song uses the N-Word to refer to black people, it says that they’ll never allow them into their Fraternity, and it makes references to lynching. All very offensive stuff. Two of the students who were caught on camera were expelled from the university.

This poor man cried so much when he heard the offensive song. Don't you feel ashamed of yourself white man?
This poor man cried so much when he heard the offensive song. Don’t you feel ashamed of yourself white man?

From CNN (Click link for rest of article)

Even with the national chapter shutting the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house at the University of Oklahoma, the school president said the university’s affiliation with the fraternity is permanently done as a campus group called for the expulsion of fraternity members.

The members have until midnight Tuesday to get their things out of the house, university President David Boren said in a Monday afternoon news conference.

“The house will be closed, and as far as I’m concerned, they won’t be back,” he said, adding that the university is exploring what actions it can take against individual fraternity members.

A Saturday video showing party-bound fraternity members on a bus chanting a racial epithet found its way anonymously to the school newspaper and a campus organization, which both promptly publicized the nine-second clip.

David Boren: Not just another college president

The students on the bus clap and pump their fists as they boisterously chant, “There will never be a ni**** SAE. You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with me.”

By Sunday night, SAE’s national chapter had suspended the University of Oklahoma members and threatened lifelong suspensions for anyone responsible for the chant, but Boren took it a step further.

He appeared at a campus rally and told students over a bullhorn, “I have a message for those who have misused their freedom of speech in this way. My message to them is: You’re disgraceful. You have violated every principle that this university stands for.”

Exactly how I feel in this situation.
Exactly how I feel in this situation.

I don’t understand this whole concept of “misusing freedom of speech”. It’s their freedom to use it however they want. I don’t think racial slurs are a good thing, but I’m of the belief that in a free society, people should have the right to say what they want without being oppressed by institutions for doing so, which is what this university is doing by expelling them. The whole point of the first amendment in the American constitution is to defend the right to freedom of speech, even the speech that people don’t want to hear. At the same time, I’m not suggesting that they shouldn’t be condemned for what they said. They have been identified from the video, and if people think that they are scum for what they sang, then people have the right to tell them that and to look down upon them. Freedom of expression goes both ways.

But I digress. We know that if white students sing racist songs against black people at OU, they get expelled. What happens if a Black student (who happens to play for the college football team) punches a woman in the face (knocking her out and breaking bones in the process).

From Reason.com

University of Oklahoma President David Boren expelled two students for racist chanting, ostensibly because the school has an unofficial zero tolerance policy on racism. But Boren had plenty of tolerance for OU football players who committed violence against women and were allowed, not merely to remain at the university, but also to rejoin the football team.

The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Blake Neff notes that last year, freshman Joe Mixon was caught on tape punching a female student in the face. He knocked her unconscious and broke four of her facial bones. He was later convicted of a misdemeanor assault charge.

What did the university do? According to Neff:

Despite his conviction, Mixon faced a comparatively light punishment compared to the massive crackdown on the Sigma Alpha Epsilon students. He was suspended from the team for the season, but faced no other repercussions, remaining on campus and continuing to attend classes like any other student.

In February, Mixon was allowed to rejoin the football team.

Boren, at the time, said that while Mixon’s behavior was abhorrent, it was important to grant second chances.

I also believe in second chances, although it’s easier for me to grant them to people who merely said insensitive things than it is for me to grant them to perpetrators of violence against women. Boren, it seems, feels differently.

Or perhaps star running back Mixon was more deserving of forgiveness because he was a critical part of OU’s football program?

OU also sent a letter of acceptance to Dorial Green-Beckham, a University of Missouri football player who was kicked off the team after being arrested for drug use, alleged breaking and entering, alleged threatening, and alleged violence against women, according to Neff.

I do not mean to suggest that these students should have been expelled or never accepted; I’ve not carefully reviewed their cases. Perhaps their punishments fit their crimes, and perhaps they truly deserved second chances. But if anybody was going to be railroaded off campus without so much as a hearing, you would think it might be perpetrators of actual violence, rather than perpetrators of offensive speech (which is not actually a category of crime).

It’s hard not see this as another example of the backward priorities of many universities, where the security of students’ feelings is taken more seriously than their actual, physical security.

Well there you go. committing a violent crime merits less of a punishment than an action that isn’t even a crime at all (just offensive and distasteful). What’s the reason for this? Is it because of the races involved in the two cases, or because the violent black guy happened to play for the university’s football team? Whatever the reason, I don’t think it’s fair treatment at all.

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