Last weekend, a 9-second video of a group of fraternity brothers participating in a racist chat while on a party bus was uploaded to social media, sparking instant outrage.
The Daily Mail reports that the young men were members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma, and the leader in the video has been identified.
Parker Rice, 19, is a freshman at OU, and a gradate from a prestigious prep school in Dallas, Texas. Some of his former Jesuit College Prep classmates, as well as the institution itself, and a spokesman for OU all confirmed that it was Rice.
Rice is seen in the video pumping his fist as he leads the group in chanting the crass “lyrics”: “There will never be a n***** in SAE. You can hang him from a tree, but he’ll never sign with me. There will never be a n***** in SAE.”
Students marched on campus this week, protesting SAE and their abhorrent actions.
OU president David Boren announced earlier today (March 10) that he has expelled two students who led the chant, however his spokesperson would not confirm whether Rice was one of them.
“I have emphasized that there is zero tolerance for this kind of threatening, racist behavior at the University of Oklahoma,” Boren said. “We will continue our investigation of all the students engaged in the singing of this chant. Once their identities have been confirmed, they will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.”
Parker Rice’s father, Bob Rice, declined Daily Mail‘s requests for comment.
Members of OU’s Delta Delta Delta sorority were also on the bus with SAE; they have denied that their chapter is being investigated. The sorority headquarters, however, said that the OU chapter is cooperating with the process.
OU shut down the fraternity almost immediately after the video surfaced, and ordered all members to move out of their house by midnight tonight.