“Yes, the song was taught to us …”

Are we born racists, or do we learn racism from others? In his letter of apology to his fellow students at the University of Oklahoma, Parker Rice–one of the students expelled from OU for singing this racist and despicable song–confesses that “the song was taught to us.” We sincerely hope his classmates will accept his apology and give him an opportunity to make amends, but this startling confession begs the question: By whom? Who taught you this song? In other words, the infamous SAE song has a history. (In fact, the song and its connection to SAE should not surprise us. Google “Sigma Alpha Epsilon” and you will learn that it was “the first national fraternity to be established in the deep south, having been founded at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, on 9 March 1856.”)  … but in the meantime, do you think David Boren, the President of the University of Oklahoma (and the proverbial “adult in the room,” so to speak), is simply “scapegoating” Mr Rice for the sins of the South? Is that fair?

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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1 Response to “Yes, the song was taught to us …”

  1. James says:

    SAE has some real reckonings to face about its history and why this song was easily sung.

    OU and their president was have some reckonings about having such as a harsh reaction to these kids singing a racist song, but only banned their star running back from playing for a season after he used gay slurs and punched a female student in the face (breaking her eye socket).

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