The release of the highly controversial video of University of Oklahoma’s SAE fraternity chanting the N-word has spurred a national uproar. And now some of the students at the university are taking a stance and speaking out on the topic as well.
Lauren Whiteman and Meagan Johnson, members of a Black student alliance on the school’s campus named Unheard — who exposed the fraternity — have recently told BET’S What’s at Stake how not surprising the fraternity’s actions were.
“The video wasn’t a shock,” Johnson revealed. “We were upset, we were angry, but the video and the content wasn’t shocking at all to us.”
The students explained that their peers of color at the university experience a slew of microaggressions (slight racial snubs) on a daily basis.
Unheard has been fighting for more inclusion on campus, which has propelled students and faculty members to participate in creating this change, too.
“We had a rally protest Monday morning. It was so many people, probably close to 1,000 — maybe a little more,” Whiteman noted. “There are a lot of different departments that are actively trying to be involved.”
The ladies also discussed the plight rap music has with the N-word, how racism directly affects their own lives and what changes need to be made so that their campus can use this tumultuous time as a learning experience. Watch the full conversation on What’s at Stake above. — Richy Rosario