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After Blackface Sorority Incident Surfaces on Internet, Two Students Depart

NORMAN—After a blackface video surfaced on the Internet featuring two sophomores at the University of Oklahoma using racist language at a sorority function, the president of the school held a news conference on Monday to condemn racism at the school.

Monday was the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

James Gallogly, president of the university, said the two students in the video have voluntarily left the school.

One of the two women is a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority.

“Those students will not return to campus,” Mr. Gallogly said.

“This type of behavior is not welcome here, and is condemned in the strongest terms by me and by our university,” the university president commented.

Mr. Gallogly was responding to a video on social media late last week that showed two omen students laughing as one of them in blackface used a racial slur.

The school’s president called the video “shocking and racist,” and said that incident, combined with a 2015 incident, means the university has much work to do in terms of a racist-free campus.

In the 2015 incident, members of the school’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter were caught on a video singing a racist chant while traveling on a bus enroute to a fraternity function.

Mr. Gallogly’s response to the sorority incident is in marked contrast to Mr. Gallogly’s predecessor’s response to the 2015 incident.

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon students were all expelled and the chapter was kicked off the campus.

Earlier last year, the school’s diversity vice president, Jabar Shumate, who was “forced to resign,” he said and claimed there had been a move underway to reinstate the fraternity to the campus.

“This is not just an issue related to our Black students,” he continued. “It’s an issue related to all students. It’s a mutual respect thing.” ..To read more, subscribe to the blackchronicle newspaper