BLACK VOICES

A Black Girl's History With Southern Frat Racism

Torn and tattered Confederate Flag
Torn and tattered Confederate Flag

When footage of the University of Oklahoma’s SAE fraternity singing a disgustingly racist chant — which included the phrase “there will never be a nigger in SAE” — emerged a couple weeks ago, I felt many things, but surprised wasn’t one of them. The video may have been taken at a private fraternity event on a bus, but I know firsthand that pervasive racism in white Greek organizations is not a new thing. I spent four years at a mostly white college in Kentucky, where daily acts of racism occurred in front of my face. So after seeing the way that some Southern white college students act in the presence of black people, it did not surprise me at all that they’d sing a fun little song about lynching niggers when they think we can’t hear them.

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