NORMAN, OK – This is the song that doesn’t end. Well, more like the chant that doesn’t end. Ever since the video showing OU’s now shutdown SAE frat brothers singing about lynchings and dropping the N-word, the country has been in a bit of an uproar.
From campus backlash, to Wednesday night’s protest in front of Parker Rice’s parents’ house here in Dallas. He’s the Jesuit grad who appears to be leading the chant.
"We want the nation to wake up on this issue and address this issue,” said Kelly Wick, Chief of Staff of the Next Generation Action Network.
Well, OU thinks they have an answer to alleviate the drama. The University just announced it’s going to hire a Vice-President of Diversity. OU President David Boren says they were planning to fill the position months before the video was released. And they’re hoping to lock down an African-American candidate.
"We can't put up with it,” Boren said. “We have to take action to snuff it out right away."
So, will this new hire take OU out of the spotlight? Maybe not.
The frat fallout continues on campus. OU quarterback Trevor Knight tweeted Thursday, “We will not be practicing today as we will demonstrate silently on Owen Field during our normal practice time.”
And the team will continue to wear black when they do practice.
Yep, this ain’t over folks. Here’s hoping for a light at the end of this dark tunnel; sooner than later.