A Syracuse University fraternity has been suspended after a racist, vulgar and sexist video surfaced. In the GRAPHIC video, members of the Theta Tau fraternity can be seen in some form of ritual where they profess HATE for “Niggers, Spics and ESPECIALLY Kikes”, as heard on the graphic video. There are some sexist comments and gestures made as well–the whole video is downright disgusting. Take a LOOK at the GRAPHIC video below. We warn you that the footage is NSFW and the language used is very GRAPHIC!
The Theta Tau fraternity has updated their website to apologize for the video. If you care to see what their reasoning was for the video, you can read it HERE.
According to the fraternity, the sketch was intended to be a satire of “an uneducated, racist, homophobic, misogynist, sexist, ableist and intolerant person,” according to the statement. (Ableist is a person who discriminates or is prejudice against individuals with disabilities.)
The video shows members making an oath: “I solemnly swear to always have hatred in my heart for n*ggers, sp*cs and most importantly the f*ckin’ k*kes.”
In another section of the video, a person yells at two others with anti-Semitic language, telling the “f*ckin’ k*kes” to “get in the f*ckin’ showers.” The video also mocked people who are disabled and gay.
“Anyone of color or of any marginalized group who has seen this video has every right to be angry and upset with the despicable contents of that video,” the fraternity said in its statement.
On Wednesday, the university suspended the fraternity after a video surfaced showing members taking part in the ritual. Chancellor Kent Syverud helped lead a 2:30 p.m. discussion that day about the video, though he declined to release the video.
“I am appalled by this and deeply concerned for all members of our community,” Syverud wrote in a statement. “There is absolutely no place at Syracuse University for behavior and language that degrades any individual or group’s race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, disability or religious beliefs.”
“There is absolutely no place at Syracuse University for behavior or language that degrades any individual or group’s race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, disability or religious beliefs,” the university’s chancellor, Kent Syverud, wrote in an email to students and faculty on Wednesday morning. “Upon confirming Theta Tau’s involvement, the university’s Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities immediately suspended the fraternity, effectively halting all activities.”
Mr. Syverud added that Syracuse’s Department of Public Safety was working “to identify individuals involved and to take additional legal and disciplinary action.”
Charity Luster, vice president of the Syracuse chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, told the crowd in the chapel, according to a Daily Orange reporter who was there, “I hope this event does not just spark a conversation on one video, but that it sparks a conversation around how people of color and underrepresented people are treated on this campus.”
That treatment routinely includes slurs, Mr. McMonagle said in an interview.
Students protested in front of the chancellor’s house at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and attended a student-led discussion at Hendricks Chapel that lasted four hours.
Matthew Clark, the national chapter of Theta Tau’s Grand Regent, called the video “troubling,” “offensive,” and “truly disgraceful.”
“Now today there’s a video, and today it’s on social media, and today it’s proven,” he said, and he and his fellow organizers want to “use this opportunity to say: ‘Look, here it is. It’s real. We’re not making it up. It’s happening, and it’s really time for us to do something about it.’”
“The video isn’t surprising — it’s a manifestation of microaggressions, rumors, whispers and outright acts of hatred marginalized students encounter in their time at SU,” the Daily Orange editorial also said. “The only difference between this display of prejudice and so many others that go unnoticed at the university is that someone recorded it, and it got out.”
According to its national website, Theta Tau is the “oldest, largest, and foremost Fraternity for Engineers.” It promotes an “inviting, safe, and social environment” and aims to “develop and nurture engineers with strong communication, problem-solving, collaboration, and leadership skills that we demonstrate in our profession, our community, and in our lives.”
The chapter is the fourth fraternity to be suspended from Syracuse University this academic year, according to the Daily Orange. Two others have been suspended in recent weeks and months for conduct violations including hazing. A third was suspended for threatening the safety of a student participating in the new member process, according to the Daily Orange.
While Syverud attended a related university meeting earlier that day, he was not present at the Wednesday evening forum attended by hundreds of students. The Daily Orange editorial criticized the chancellor’s absence.
“As the leader of the university, it’s time for Syverud to address a campus that is reflecting on a deeper, pervasive cultural issue that reached a tipping point after The Daily Orange released the video.”
[Washington Post, NY Times, Syracuse.com contributed to this story]
This video is appalling to say the least. It’s sad that even this generation coming up has been taught this type of misogyny and hate. If the new generation feels this way, how can we ever eradicate racism? Parents, take a look. This is what you are sending your children to school to do. Is this what’s taught in the homes? Ladies, if you are involved with any of these ‘men’, you may want to evaluate your relationship–there was a lot of HOMO-EROTIC themes brought up here. You may want to look into these things if you are dating one of them…Not that anything is wrong with homosexuality. But LADIES, some of your MEN may be living a LIE.