Leaked Racist Video Has The Syracuse Student Body In An Uproar

Morgan Caplan Contributor
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Yet another issue with fraternities and race has emerged in the news, this time involving Syracuse University.

After a private vulgar video from a fraternity landed in the laps of officials, current Theta Tau brothers face the same fate as their predecessors; expulsion from the university.

In the video, the engineering frat forced a person on his knees to recite the “oath” that exposed slurs against Hispanic people, black people, Jewish people and people with disabilities.

To cover up the leaked video, members of the fraternity state the video was taken out of context and was a “satirical piece for a new frat member who espoused conservative political views, ABC News reported.

The fraternity released a statement.

“The young man playing the part of this character nor the young man being roasted do not hold any of the horrible views espoused as a part of that sketch.”

The phrase repeated in the video, “I solemnly swear always to have hatred in my heart…” was followed by racial slurs that many news outlets refrained from including.


The names of the individuals have not be released.

This is not uncommon for universities nationwide, which have been dealing with racism and uproar in the Greek community. This is Syracuse’s fourth suspension in this past year.

Most notable was at the University of Oklahoma when SAE brothers chanted that they would rather see black men lynched than initiate them as brothers.

Research from Princeton University found that 77 percent of sorority members and 73 percent of fraternity members were white.