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Out of Oklahoma fraternity, nine seconds of racism, hatred

What a well written analysis of the awful SAE fraternity video. I particularly appreciate the points made about how this is not something new to these students. And the tie in to the President’s speech this weekend. Nicely done Mr. Bookman!

Jay Bookman

It’s just nine seconds of video. Nine seconds of self-destruction. Nine seconds of hate and remarkable stupidity, dragging us back into some of the darkest days of our country’s history.

The video captures members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity, dressed in formal wear and accompanied by their dates, riding on a bus either to or from an event. They are singing to the tune of “If You’re Happy And You Know It”. They do seem happy; they do seem to know it. But the lyrics have been changed.

Some news accounts have referred vaguely to those revised lyrics as a “racist chant,” but that strips it of its chilling power.

Put bluntly, because it ought to be put bluntly, the chant goes like this:

“There will never be a nigger at SAE. You can hang him from a tree, but he’ll never sign with me. There will never be…

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