CHICAGO (CBS) — A fraternity under fire after a racist chant by University of Oklahoma students went viral has announced plans to address racial intolerance.
National leaders of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity – based in Evanston – held a news conference Wednesday in downtown Chicago, to unveil a four-step plan they hope will turn around the fraternity’s image.
SAE executive director Blaine Ayers apologized, after several members of the University of Oklahoma chapter were filmed chanting racist slurs, references to lynching, and suggestions African Americans would never be admitted to the fraternity.
“I want to apologize on behalf of our fraternity for the pain this situation has caused. The words were offensive and harmful,” he said. “So, as of last week, we started a comprehensive investigation of all of our chapters to determine if any others have engaged in behavior similar to what we saw on the video. If we learn of any discrimination or unacceptable behavior currently going on, we will be swift in our response.”