OU Student Who Led Racist Chant Apologizes At Meeting With Black Leaders
The racist University of Oklahoma frat member seen on camera leading an old SAE fraternity chant, met with several black Oklahoma City community leaders, pastors and civil rights activists to finally publicly apologize for
getting caught his actions.
Pettit answered a few questions from reporters stating the chant was “taught to us” but declined to say who taught him the chant or where he learned it.
“Some have wondered why I hadn’t spoken out publicly. The truth is I have had a mix of pain, shame, sorrow and fear over the consequences of my actions. I did not want to apologize to the press or to the whole country until I first came to apologize to those most directly impacted. The truth is what was said in that chant is disgusting … and after meeting with these people I’ve learned these words should never be repeated,
“There are no excuses for my behavior. I never thought of myself as a racist. I never considered it a possibility. But the bottom line is that the words that were said in that chant were mean, hateful and racist.”
I will be deeply sorry and deeply ashamed of what I’ve done for the rest of my life,” he said.
Pettit said he also met Tuesday with leaders from OU’s football team, who he said accepted his apology.
OU President David Boren severed ties with the fraternity, ordered its members to vacate the fraternity house and expelled two students for leading the chant. The university also launched an investigation into the role other fraternity members may have had in the chant, and Boren says further disciplinary action is possible.
Stephen Jones, an attorney for the now-disbanded local fraternity, said Wednesday that an agreement already has been reached with the university that calls for no members of the fraternity to be expelled. Jones declined to comment further about the details of the agreement, and a spokesman for Boren would not confirm it.
Read More at ABC News
Do you believe his apology was sincere? Do you even need an apology?
CampusLATELY Staff540 Posts
CampusLATELY features national content on Campus Life, Style, College News, Entertainment, Relationships, Health & Fitness, and Career Development, written entirely by top college journalists from 30+ college/universities nationwide.