Tensions are high on Friday as most students were made aware of a video that surfaced on Twitter, posted by two University of Oklahoma students. Seen in the video is Olivia Urban, a sophomore at the University, appearing in blackface and later using the N-word. Recorded and posted by Francie Ford, a member of the Theta Gamma chapter of Tri-Delta sorority. Many statements have been issued in regards to the incident.
The Office of University Community was the first to issue a statement regarding the video, calling it “inappropriate and derogatory.” They also say, “students have the freedom of expression, the negative impact on such conduct can be underestimated.”
Tri-Delta is preparing a statement regarding one of their members. A message was released to the members of the Tri-Delta sorority chapter, notifying them of a mandatory meeting.
President Gallogly issued the following statement via social media and a campus-wide email:
The Panhellenic Association is being transparent regarding the incident with one of their members. Issuing the statement saying “we will work with our chapters to recognize and acknowledge the privilege in the OU Panhellenic system and our members so we can work towards breaking down and challenging the system that oppresses marginalized communities.”
The Black Student Association said in the following statement “we are still waiting for the university to adequately address the demands on the list of grievances presented.”
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