The uproar over a racist fraternity chant rolls on and has now prompted the (illegal) expulsion of two University of Oklahoma students for speech crime. Besides foreshadowing what could be the future for fraternities, there’s a familiar double standard popping up in this case.
I’ll give you a hint: What happens to a Black football player when he knocks out a White woman at a bar? Does the school president grandstand and declare “Real Sooners don’t punch women”? Does the school immediately expel him and count it as a victory for the school’s progressive values? Does a large student population mobilize to protest this outrage and demand a change in the team’s culture?
Rest assured, none of those things happened. The player, Joe Mixon, was reinstated to the team after a one season suspension following his assault (which was unprovoked and was a direct result of the player insulting a friend of the female he punched) and all school officials stated it was simply a mistake that had been forgiven.
“The University is an educational institution, which always sets high standards that we hope will be upheld by our students. We hope that our students will all learn from those standards, but at the same time, we believe in second chances so that our students can learn and grow from life's experiences," Boren said about this incident.
This is a far cry from his response to the racist chant, where he all but called for a lynch mob to hang the young White men reciting a song that physically hurt no one—unlike the fist of Joe Mixon. Oddly enough, it was a sports blogger who pointed out this blatant hypocrisy for Fox Sports.
And it wasn’t just Boren engaging in the “second chance” chorus. His running backs coach was even more effusive in accepting Mixon’s supposed repentance. “He made a split-second and wrong decision, and he knows that… He is a super, super kid. And I use the term 'kid' because he still is like a kid. He's still very young.”
Not surprisingly, no one is telling the media that the 19-year-old kids involved in the SAE chant made a split-second decision under the influence of alcohol, but that their still good kids. Well, except for their parents, and that’s not stopping TotalFratMove’s assault on the hapless frat boys.
And that’s not the only Black player with a history of violence against women that’s keeping a spot on the team. OU went out of its way to recruit Dorial Green-Beckham to the school after Missouri dropped himfor allegedly pushing a woman down a flight of stairs and threatening to attack another female. The school not only brought on board, but they tried to fight the NCAA for his right to play football again.
This only serves as confirmation that David Boren is the most despicable kind of White man. He acts like a heroic tough guy when dealing with harmless frat boys caught in an international scandal, but is a sackless coward when it comes to dealing with Black football players who actually harm fellow students and contribute to a hostile campus environment. . .unlike the brothers of SAE. Interestingly enough, while OU’s president condemns SAE as bigots for indicating they don’t want Black members, he was a member of Skull & Bones before they started allowing Afro-Americans in. Is it possible he recited a similar chant during his time in college? Nevertheless, the existence of men like Boren makes one wish for a hell where he can eternally receive the fist of Mixon for his craven opportunism.
The double standard has, unsurprisingly, gone unnoticed during the whole debacle. The football squad performed a walk-out on Monday and a star linebacker went on a violent, profanity-laced tirade against “white fraternities” after the chant made the rounds. The transcript of that video reads:
“I’m so motherfucking serious right now. SAE just fucked it up for all you fucking white fraternities. Fuck all you bitches … [These] are the same motherfuckers shaking our hands, giving us hugs, telling us how you really love us — fuck you phony-ass, fraud-ass bitches.”
While sounding a helluva lot more threatening than the SAE chant (especially since it came from a hulking Black man, minus a shirt), this was celebrated as an act of speaking truth to power and the linebacker, Eric Striker, received a glowing profile from a local paper after his video went viral. Who knew such a vulgar rant directed at a universally unpopular foe could be such a brave act?
On the other hand, his story confirms one of the negative aspects of fraternity culture: Striker was invited to several frat parties and was advertised as the star attraction to bring kids there. The rap “artist” Waka Flocka Flame confirmed the other “black mark” against frat life when he cancelled his scheduled appearance at OU. Mr. Flocka Flame stated he was hurt that fraternities he’s performed for would harbor such hateful thoughts. But why was he invited to perform in the first place?
While everyone chooses to ignore the real threat on campus posed by Black athletes roaming about, we have articles penned by Harvard law graduates that tries to argue that it was fully justified to expel the two SAE men. . .because they could’ve actually lynched somebody!
An Above the Law blogger, who certainly owes his degree to affirmative action, discards reason and amps up the “whitesplaining” defense to argue that the chant was very much a threat—in spite of all evidence that it was a ditty without any violence backing it. Take it away, Black legal wizard.
Objectively, a bus of drunk white people were singing about hanging people. Buses of drunk white people singing about hanging folks is a true threat, because sometimes buses of drunk white people then actually go out and hang people. IT'S HAPPENED BEFORE.
In fact, I'm getting pretty sick of white people telling me how I'm supposed to perceive threats from white people. Of course I perceive the chant as an attempt to solicit a criminal act. How could I not? Don't most hate crimes committed against African-Americans start with drunk douchebags talking about n*ers?
If you are a white person who has been part of a lynch mob, maybe you can tell me more about how these things get rolling (though, I'm not sure I'd actually trust the judgment of white people who have been parts of lynch mobs). But if you are white person who has NOT been a part of a lynch mob, please STFU about what is threatening to that one black "friend" you have. You don't know. NOBODY IS SINGING ABOUT HANGING YOU. You don't have a grandparent or an uncle who was lynched/almost lynched/taught you how to avoid lynchings.
When logic fails you, just go into a self-righteous rage at White people. I call it the “Eric Stricker response.” White people will think you’re profound because you’re angry, regardless of the fact that what you spout is complete nonsense.
And, of course, no mention of the threat Oklahoma players pose to real-life people, not imaginary characters from Mississippi Burning.
If there is anything to take heart from this, it’s that college football is on the same path to death that college fraternities are on. But how long can the media ignore the real problem on college campuses?