Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Syracuse Fraternity Suspended, Campus Roiled After Racist Videos Surface

Syracuse Fraternity Suspended, Campus Roiled After Racist Videos Surface

The video shows members of the fraternity repeatedly using racial slurs and joking about sending Jews into showers, a reference to Nazi gas chambers.

"Do you know what you signed up for today?" a fraternity member says in the video as he stands in front of a young man kneeling on the floor.

According to the Daily Orange, Theta Tau is the fourth fraternity to get suspended during the 2017-18 academic school year.

On Tuesday, California Polytechnic State University suspended all fraternities and sororities after photos surfaced showing fraternity members in blackface.

Syracuse University has suspended its engineering fraternity after footage of its members engaging in "extremely racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic" behavior surfaced this week.

According to the Daily Orange, the videos were posted in a secret Facebook group called 'Tau of Theta Tau'.

Syracuse students protested Wednesday after the university declined to release the video and Chancellor Kent Syverud held a meeting for students at 2:30 p.m.

Other videos showed people using more ethnic slurs, simulated sex acts and making fun of people with disabilities.

At a university-organized forum Wednesday afternoon, students shared their own experiences with bigotry and called on the administration to take action not just against Theta Tau but against what they described as a broader culture of intolerance. Syverud said that he found the rhetoric appalling and that he was "shaken" and "deeply concerned" for the entire community.

"The behaviors described are not representative of our very diverse organization, locally or nationally, nor rational or comprehensible for the multiethnic Syracuse chapter itself", Abraham said.

"Now", as well as "Hey hey, ho ho, Theta Tau has got to go".

Some students said they want the people who made the videos to take responsibility for their actions and learn from them, WTVH-TV reports.

It's my hope that each and every Theta Tau student involved in the creation of this video - and the others now surfacing - will be expelled from Syracuse University and their parents formally notified of their children's abhorrent behavior. Most of the students who attended the rally were people of color, and Syracuse University is mostly white. A third was suspended for threatening the safety of a new member, according to the Daily Orange.

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