Theta Tau Fraternity At Syracuse May Face Legal Action Over Racist Videos

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Some in the Syracuse University community are speaking up after a fraternity was suspended for "troubling and disturbing" videos.

Syracuse University has suspended a campus fraternity after a video surfaced of members using racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic and ableist slurs.

"I solemnly swear to always have hatred in my heart for n*ggers, sp*cs and most importantly the f*ckin' k*kes", the member on his knees recites after having his "pledge" dictated by another member who is standing.

The fraternity explained that the event gave new members the opportunity to write and act out in a skit that would "roast" the active brothers.

The video includes simulations of oral sex, masturbation, glory holes and drug use, and mock disabled people: "He's drooling out of his mouth because he's retarded in a wheelchair".


Syracuse University has suspended its chapter of the Theta Tau fraternity after the discovery of supposedly offensive videos on the group's private Facebook page.

Aside from the frat's suspension, Syracuse University's Department of Public Safety has launched an investigation to identify the individuals involved and to decide on additional disciplinary and legal actions.

On Friday morning, a group of students demanding change confronted Chancellor Ken Syverud, who previously called the video racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist and hostile to people with disabilities.

"First and foremost, every single member of Theta Tau would like to apologize to everyone affected by the racist video", the chapter said.

A rally was formed by disgusted students on the campus on Wesdnesday evening calling for the society to be disbanded.


The federal engineering claims in its own announcement that inspite of the context, there's no excuse. Another member of the audience said that as students marched in front of the Theta Tau house, a group of white men in a vehicle shouted, "Hey s--" at them.

"I should have been there", said Syverud, as a group of about 45 students circled around him, some holding signs including "ACCEPTED STUDENTS This University doesn't ACCEPT you" and "How About a Student-Led Tour of Campus Discrimination". "This event was never meant to be centered around racism or hate", the NY school's Theta Tau chapter said on its website. "So at this point in time, we are no longer going to let them utilize our melanin and utilize our ethnicities and backgrounds", Jiggetts said, according to the Daily Orange.

And they demanded that university officials release the videos.

Saumya Melwani, another student who attended protests, said she was disgusted by the fraternity's actions.


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