TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Say No to Hate Coalition is showing its support for OU President David Boren's decision to shut down the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity in the wake of a racist video.
The group held a rally Wednesday in downtown Tulsa, making its message clear on the steps of City Hall.
"This is hate. It's embarrassing, and it's awful," they yelled.
"We have to stop people from talking about the people that are different," said Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan, who attended the rally.
"We are resilient in really surviving and making things happen," Rebecca Marks-Jimerson of the Oklahoma NAACP said.
People with a dozen more organizations agreed that shutting down the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and expelling two of its members was the right decision.
"He did two things. His actions were very well defined and they were immediate," Jordan said.
The coalition said it wants to talk with Boren about what happened, and continue the conversation about racism.
"We don't think they're bad. They got caught up in the moment," Jimerson said.
"It's very easy to say, 'Hey, this is just a bunch of rich white frat boys,'" Jordan said.
But the coalition says it's a much deeper issue.
"It happens every day in the workplace, behind closed doors, in the boardroom," Jimerson said.
"We're taught from a very young age not to talk about it. We're taught that it's not one of those things that you bring up in polite company," said Mana Tahaie, who attended the event.
The coalition wants to keep the issue in the forefront
"Hey, let's not just come unified -- we should overcome for one minute, then go back to normal three months later, but let's continue to communicate," Jimerson said.
Jordan told FOX23 that this is an issue that the Legislature can't fix. He said it has to start at home.
"We have to do this among our families, how we raise our children, how we demand our friends conduct themselves," Jordan said.
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