Two members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma were expelled by President David Boren a few days after a video surfaced which showed members of the fraternity singing a song with racist lyrics.
The University of Oklahoma also kicked the fraternity off campus the day after the video went viral, with photos and videos showing the fraternity members cleaning out their house in the rain.
On Thursday, University of Oklahoma football team members participated in a silent protest during their usual practice hours.
“This kind of stance is more important than practice," head coach Bob Stoops said, according to ABC News. "They want to affect change around the country, not just here.”
The football players wore all black and stood together on the field, hooking their arms together in a sign of unity. They remained standing in silence for a few minutes before talking to reporters.
While many are praising the University president and football team, others question why some football players are allowed to remain enrolled and on the team even after being convicted of violent offenses.
According to The Daily Caller News Foundation, freshman running back Joe Mixon was suspended for a season for punching a female student in the face during an off-campus altercation. She was rendered unconscious and suffered from four broken bones in her face.
Mixon was caught on tape committing the crime and was convicted of a misdemeanor assault charge. However, he was still allowed to remain at the university and ultimately rejoined the football team this spring, Reason reports.
The Oklahoma football players were active on social media after the Sigma Alpha Epsilon video went viral, with many coming together to post a lengthy statement describing their reaction to the video.
— Trevor Knight (@trevor_knight9) March 12, 2015
The statement posted by multiple players claims that racism is in the roots of the fraternity and that expelling only two students will not solve the problem.
Coincidentally, many others argue that violence is in the framework of the college football system and that bigger steps need to be taken to eliminate that problem.
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