Should one be intolerant toward intolerance? This question comes into play concerning the recent controversy at the University of Oklahoma. Making the rounds in the latest edition of America's racial divide is a 10- second impromptu video of a group of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) frat boys on a chartered bus chanting a racially-charged diatribe, that referenced lynching. This episode of America's Got NO Talent would have been of little consequence, if not for someone's phone camera and subsequent posting on the Internet.
To date, SAE has had its fraternity status suspended at the college and two students have been expelled. Of course college athletes can commit actual crimes without the teams they “represent” being barred from the school, so it appears that guilt by association may have monetary-based limitations.
OU has disregarded the issue of freedom of speech and seems to be dabbling in thought control. The event in question did not involve official college business, a university workplace, class time or even in what would be considered a public area. Unfortunately, neither is it a one-of-a-kind incident and the school's condemnation may have more to do with public relations than ethics. It wouldn't be the first time a (possibly) drunk college student said something incredibly stupid. However, it may be the first time such an incredibly stupid and counterproductive response has come from a college administration.