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Parker Rice and fellow SAE fraternity member Levi Pettit have been expelled from Oklahoma University. So far, Rice has been the only one to publicly issue an apology.

He stated:

“I am deeply sorry for what I did Saturday night.  It was wrong and reckless. I made a horrible mistake by joining into the singing and encouraging others to do the same. On Monday, I withdrew from the University and sadly, at this moment our family is not able to be in our home because of threatening calls as well as frightening talk on social media.

“I know everyone wants to know why or how this happened.  I admit it likely was fueled by alcohol consumed at the house before the bus trip, but that’s not an excuse. Yes, the song was taught to us, but that too doesn’t work as an explanation.

“It’s more important to acknowledge what I did and what I didn’t do. I didn’t say no, and I clearly dismissed an important value I learned at my beloved high school, Dallas Jesuit. We were taught to be ‘Men for Others.’ I failed in that regard, and in this moment, I also completely ignored the core values and ethics I learned from my parents and others.”

“At this point, all I can do is be thoughtful and prayerful about my next steps, but I am also concerned about the fraternity friends still on campus,” his statement said. “Apparently, they are feeling unsafe and some have been harassed by others. Hopefully, the university will protect them.

“For me, this is a devastating lesson and I am seeking guidance on how I can learn from this and make sure it never happens again. My goal for the long-term is to be a man who has the heart and the courage to reject racism whenever I see or experience it in the future.

“Thank you for your consideration of my deepest apologies for what I did.”

Well that apology wasn’t enough for people in Rice’s Texas neighborhood. Dozens of people protested in front of Rice’s home chanting, “Racism is taught,” and, “Racism is a choice.”

Along with the house mom, Rice will forever be branded a racist.

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  • Mary Burrell

    Sorry he was caught.

    • Chazz A

      Agreed. Bigots often use freedom of speech to make a stupid racist comment in order to cause a stir, which is usually followed by an empty apology. SMH

  • There is no excuse for such an evil behavior. The person obviously was caught and had no choice but to say that he is sorry. The lyrics in the song show the N word and show references to lynching. Such an evil action done by many people in that fraternity have no place anywhere. The people (who have opposed the actions of the frat members) have the right to peacefully protest near his home. The overall point is that things must change. People have to treat each other as people not as less than human beings. We have to continue to be active in making sure that society is improved and that racism is gone.

  • Eduardo

    I agree with all of you, he’s saying he’s sorry because he got caught.

  • ALM247

    It’s being reported that SAE murdered a Black male student. If you google the story, it is alleged that they hazed him to death with alcohol. I notice that the main stream media is ignoring that story.

  • Anthony

    I hoped Clutch would mention the idiculous segment on Morning Joe where Joe Scarborough and another Republican, plus Minka Brezhinski blame these frat boys language on rap music because Wocka Flocka cancelled his show there after the video came out. With lyrics like “hang that n—-r from a tree,” I would not be surprised if that song is eighty years old, or at least fifty years old. The SAE leaders who shut down that chapters probably all sang that song back in the day.