Expelled OU Student to Hold Press Conference With State Senator3/25/2015
by Matt Pearce for the LA Times One of the Oklahoma fraternity members expelled earlier this month for leading a racist chant is expecte...
by Matt Pearce for the LA Times
One of the Oklahoma fraternity members expelled earlier this month for leading a racist chant is expected to hold a news conference Wednesday with one of the state's top African American lawmakers.
The news conference, set to be held at a predominantly black church in Oklahoma City, was announced by state Sen. Anastasia A. Pittman, an Oklahoma City Democrat and chair of the Oklahoma Black Caucus.
Levi Pettit was one of the two students expelled from the University of Oklahoma after a video emerged on March 8 showing him and other Sigma Alpha Epsilon members on a bus singing an anti-black song that used the N-word and referenced lynching.
The video rocked university officials, who immediately condemned the chant and banned the fraternity from campus. Some 1st Amendment experts have said said that the song may have been constitutionally protected speech, given that the University of Oklahoma is a public university.