Fraternity's racist, anti-semitic, & homophobic initiation ritual caught on video

Syracuse University Suspends Fraternity After Racist Video Emerges

Syracuse University Suspends Fraternity After Racist Video Emerges

The Daily Orange, an independent newspaper run by Syracuse University students, obtained and posted one video in which a fraternity member makes another one swear to hold onto hatred for African-Americans, Hispanics and Jews, using racial slurs for those groups.

Michael Abraham, executive director of the national Theta Tau organization, said that he had not yet seen the video but that the organization was "investigating the allegations and will decide on the best course of action when it is more complete".

Theta Tau is one of eight student groups now under suspension, probation or other disciplinary measures at Syracuse, according to the school's Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs.

The students are demanding that the video be released.

According to the Daily Orange, a fraternity member says "you f-kin' k--s, get in the f-kin' showers", and another tells someone "he's drooling out of his mouth because he's retarded in a wheelchair".

Protesters across campus have demanded harsher punishment, and the university chancellor announced an investigation into behaviors deemed "extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities".

"Theta Tau will fulfill the role that we would have expected of the university", he says, "we will educate them".

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Theta Tau is not the first fraternity, nor Syracuse the first university, to be involved in a scandal involving racism or sexism.

"I am appalled and shaken by this and deeply concerned for all members of our community", Syverud said in the email.

The fraternity chapter claims in the statement that "it was a satirical sketch of an uneducated, racist, homophobic, misogynist, sexist, ableist and intolerant person".

Most of what is said in the videos was posted to a private Facebook page, CBS affiliate WTVH-TV reports.

"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". As the chancellor left Schine, students started to chant, "Hey hey, ho ho, Theta Tau has got to go!"

Syracuse's Department of Public Safety on campus are now investigating the footage to identify members involved and are planning to seek additional legal and disciplinary actions against them. They demonstrated in front of the chancellor's house and then gathered at Hendricks Chapel on campus where they expressed their feelings on the incident.

Franco said those involved should be expelled and Theta Tau should be removed for good.

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