Syracuse University Fraternity Suspended Over Racist, Homophobic Footage

SU students speaking up in wake of offensive fraternity videos

Protests after the discovery of alleged extremely racist, homophobic, sexist, anti-Semitic, and otherwise offensive video content forced the fraternity suspension.

A university in upstate NY has suspended a fraternity over videos showing racist and sexist behavior. We are a professional and diverse fraternity that welcomes members of all backgrounds. The recordings, obtained by campus newspaper The Daily Orange, shows Theta Tau members pretending to ejaculate on another member while he professes his hate for Blacks, Latinos and gays.

According to the most incendiary of the videos, which has not been verified yet by NBC, fraternity members pledged, "I solemnly swear to always have hatred in my heart" before referring to several different groups with derogatory terms.

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

The video was deemed "extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities", by the school's chancellor.

Syracuse University held a gathering Wednesday to promote "community dialogue".

"You f--ing k--s, get in the f--ing showers", he said, according to The Daily Orange.

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Le Moyne president Linda M. LeMura, in an email to the Le Moyne college community, said members of her leadership team are holding a listening session on Friday at a time to be announced.

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".

Syverud said, "The conduct is deeply harmful and contrary to the values and community standards we expect of our students".

The Daily Orange reports that, Theta Tau is the fourth fraternity on campus to be suspended this year alone due to conduct violations.

Theta Tau, "the oldest, largest, and foremost Fraternity for Engineers", has more than 70 chapters nationally, according to its website.

The video was turned over to the Department of Public Safety, which has launched a formal investigation to identify individuals involved.

While Syverud attended a related university meeting earlier that day, he was not present at the Wednesday evening's forum attended by hundreds of students.

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