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Frat accused of racism at University of Oklahoma reminiscent of 1982 incident at UC

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Brett Hoffland) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Brett Hoffland)

The University of Oklahoma president said the chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is closed and two members are expelled from the school, after video surfaced allegedly showing members engaged in a racist chant.
This fraternity does have ties to the Tri-State, but there's one incident that is reminiscent of what happened in Oklahoma.

More than three decades ago, about 100 members of University of Cincinnati's Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter hosted a "trash party." It
was on Jan. 17, 1982, the night before the holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

A New York Times article says flyers for the event encouraged students to bring such things as "a canceled welfare check" and "your father if you know who he is."
"It was a slap in the face to the black community," said Peterson Mingo who worked at UC in 1982.
Peterson Mingo knows all too well what the vibe on campus was like back then and the backlash the fraternity faced because at the time he worked at the University of Cincinnati.
"Most of the white students who came in the office they were apologetic, they hadn't done anything but they felt they'd be grouped with
the frat and then they began to think what have I said even in joking that could have offended somebody," said Mingo.
Mingo said there's one key difference between the two incidents. Back then they heard about it where today, they can see it happened.
"People need to watch what they do and what they say because somebody is recording it," said Mingo.
Mingo said as an African-American, he understands how some employees or students may be feeling at OU, but he says both universities handled
this problem the right way by suspending both chapters so quickly.
"Let's get rid of this and we're not going to allow it on our campus and I have to applaud the University of Cincinnati for that and it
made the black employees who worked there at the time feel proud to be a part of the University of Cincinnati community," said Mingo.
SAE national did apologize for the video and says that video does not represent the views of the 15,000 members nationwide. 

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