What's at Stake: Unheard Members Say #SAE N-Word Chant Wasn't Shocking

What's at Stake: Unheard Members Say #SAE N-Word Chant Wasn't Shocking

Unheard, a Black student alliance on the campus of University of Oklahoma, exposed the fraternity. Lauren Whiteman and Meagan Johnson, members of Unheard, told What’s at Stake that the fraternity's chant video was just one instance of a day-to-day racial issue.

Published March 16, 2015

A movement is taking place on the campus of University of Oklahoma following the release of a controversial video showing Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chanting the n-word. The clip has been seen all over the Internet and has outraged many. 

Unheard, a Black student alliance on the campus of University of Oklahoma, exposed the fraternity. Lauren Whiteman and Meagan Johnson, members of Unheard, told What’s at Stake that the the fraternity's actions were not surprising. 

“The video wasn’t a shock," Johnson admits. "We were upset, we were angry, but the video and the content wasn’t shocking at all to us,” she continued. Students of color on the University pf Oklahoma face microaggressions — subtle encounters with racism — on a day-to-day basis, the students explained.

Unheard has been leading the change for more inclusion on the campus of the University of Oklahoma and other faculty and student organizations have come aboard. 

“There are a lot of different departments that are actively trying to be involved," said Whiteman. "We had a rally protest Monday morning. It was so many people, probably close to 1,000 — maybe a little more.”

Watch the full video above for What’s at Stake's Starr Nathan's full conversation with Whiteman and Johnson on these critical issues. They speak further on how racism affects their lives, whether rap music should be brought into this conversation of the n-word and what changes are necessary for their campus to make this controversial incident a learning experience.


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