By now, we’ve all seen or read about the white supremacist fraternity at the University of Oklahoma. Yes, I called the fraternity white supremacist, and not just the members who’ve been identified. Here’s why I’m willing to label the whole group as such, and it comes from one of the apologies:
“I know everyone wants to know why or how this happened. I admit it likely was fueled by alcohol consumed at the house before the bus trip, but that’s not an excuse. Yes, the song was taught to us, but that too doesn’t work as an explanation. [emphasis mine]
Let’s take a look at the highlighted part. Parker Rice is acknowledging that he was, as a new member of the fraternity, taught to sing this song. He was socialized to participate in white supremacist rituals. This actually does work as an explanation. The University of Oklahoma chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, in 2015, is still training its new members to participate in exclusionary, white supremacist activities.
I care not about any apologies. They are public relations documents prepared by lawyers and bearing little relation to reality. ΣΑΕ at OU was actively racist. The video and “apology” confirm that.
John Stewart is in classically good form on this, although his larger take is the conservative media’s reaction. Of course, it’s the usual denial that racism exists. Or, and this is the fun part, blame hip hop for racist whites. But, derpified white supremacists gonna be derpified white supremacists.
[Yeah, I know it’s been a long time…whatever.]