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Racism on Campus

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Mon. 03/23 11a: Earlier this month, a video showing members of a fraternity at University of Oklahoma, singing racist chants surfaced on YouTube. The national chapter of the fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, responded swiftly by closing the OU chapter and developing an initiative to address racism. Two students who led the chant were expelled from OU. While many are applauding the quick action by the university and fraternity, others are wondering if expulsion is the right answer. When racism occurs on campus, can universities help students learn about the harm of racism? Over 1,000 Native American students attend the University of Oklahoma. Have those students experienced racism at the school? What can we learn from this incident that can help address racism in the future?

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