Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

New York fraternity suspended after anti-Semitic, racist videos released

New York fraternity suspended after anti-Semitic, racist videos released

Some in the Syracuse University community are speaking up after a fraternity was suspended for "troubling and disturbing" videos.

In another video, a member sits down in a rolling chair and a person off-camera shouts, "He's drooling out of his mouth because he's retarded in a wheelchair".

This year, one of these brothers is a conservative Republican, and the new members roasted him by playing the part of a racist conservative character, ' the NY school's Theta Tau chapter says on its website.

Syverud said that the videos were turned over the school's Department of Public Safety and that the students involved may face disciplinary or legal action.

In an editorial, the Daily Orange called the video "the byproduct of a toxic Greek environment that breeds complicity in exchange for social validation".

"There is absolutely no place at Syracuse University for behavior or language that degrades any individual or group's race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, disability or religious beliefs", Syverud wrote in an email to students and faculty, according to the Times.

Theta Tau said that the "young" men who played the characters "do not hold any of the disgusting views espoused as a part of that sketch".

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Syracuse University students gather outside Hendricks Chapel on Wednesday to protest a video made by members of a now-suspended fraternity.


The national engineering fraternity said in its own statement that despite the context, there's no excuse. Students on campus are shocked and angered by the video.

Video showing a group of men laughing uproariously at performances punctuated by racist language against blacks, Jews and Hispanics and simulated sex acts has roiled the campus of Syracuse University, and a fraternity there has been suspended.

The school declined to release videos it received related to the incident because of the ongoing investigation.

"First and foremost, every single member of Theta Tau would like to apologize to everyone affected by the racist video", the chapter said. There's been no further word on whether this apology letter will result in Tau Theta Tau's suspension being lifted, but according to the university's status page for fraternities, it hasn't happened yet. "Now", as well as "Hey hey, ho ho, Theta Tau has got to go". Student Association President James Franco said students expressed their feelings, shared their experiences, and discussed actions that could be taken.

"It was revealed that the video was a parody, skit, or roast of the active brothers by a pledge class, and not Chapter members hazing, humiliating, or disparaging its pledges as the university had described to our Central Office".

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