Students for a Democratic Society at the University of Minnesota condemns the racism of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) at the University of Oklahoma. UMN SDS demands accountability from all institutions of higher education regarding racism and discrimination on our college and university campuses.
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon is a fraternity founded in 1856 and boasts a history of racism and exclusion of members of color. In 1903 the fraternity proudly upheld itself as a group reserved exclusively for “members of the Caucasian race.” Since then it has continued nationally to exercise racism in practice. For example in December 2014 the Clemson chapter was suspended for holding a “Cripmas” party, themed with Crip gang culture and appropriating black culture. Since the OU incident students in a Seattle area chapter of the fraternity have been accused of a similar incident of racism.
The racist remarks of its members at the University of Oklahoma represent a Greek culture that systematically remains segregated and largely excludes people of color. At all institutions of higher education we must uphold values of tollerance that say no to racism and discrimination. The administration of our universities must condemn all racism and uphold a zero tolerance policy for any such racism, discrimination and intolerance.When fraternities and sororities, like SAE, contribute to a culture of racial injustice and exclusion, SDS demands that our universities act immediately to stifle their influence by penalizing these institutions and removing them from campus life.
Students for a Democratic Society opposes racism and demands racism off campus!