Guest Editorial…University takes swift action against racism

University of Oklahoma officials have set an example that can teach other institutions how to confront racist behavior.
When a video of University of Oklahoma fraternity members engaging in a racist chants surfaced last week, university officials took strong action.
The video shows students participating in a chant that referenced lynching and indicates Black students would never be admitted to OU’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
In response, OU President David Boren swiftly booted the fraternity from campus and expelled two of its members for creating a hostile learning environment.
On March 11, Boren also announced the creation of a new position—vice president for the university community. The person in that role, who has not yet been hired, will be responsible for overseeing diversity programs and will report directly to the president.
There is no question that even more can be done.


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