Mac Engel

Oklahoma doesn’t deserve negative fallout over racist chant

The University of Oklahoma football team stands arm in arm Thursday on Owen Field in response to the recent racist video from a now-closed campus fraternity. In the front row, from left, are Sterling Shepard, Ty Darlington, Zack Sanchez, head coach Bob Stoops, Charles Tapper, Trevor Knight and Eric Striker.
The University of Oklahoma football team stands arm in arm Thursday on Owen Field in response to the recent racist video from a now-closed campus fraternity. In the front row, from left, are Sterling Shepard, Ty Darlington, Zack Sanchez, head coach Bob Stoops, Charles Tapper, Trevor Knight and Eric Striker. AP

As Texans, we should have celebrated when Jean Delance de-committed from attending Oklahoma.

Enough of our best players going north of the border. As human beings, we all should be only slightly queasy about why the four-star football recruit from North Mesquite changed his mind.

The viral video of a collection of frat boys at Oklahoma singing racist chants was enough to make Delance de-commit, prompt OU to kick the frat in question off campus, and leave the rest of us angry or disgusted.

The fear among OU people is that this video will prompt other kids to look anywhere but Norman.

“There is no way to know for sure,” Oklahoma men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger said Monday morning as his team prepares for the NCAA Tournament. “Hopefully, it doesn’t just pass. Hopefully, we can take something ugly and we can learn from it.”

As a Texan, it would be better if Delance went to Texas, TCU, SMU, Rice, Baylor, Texas A&M, etc. As a human being, it would be better if he stuck to his original commitment and followed his heart to Norman. He wanted to go there for a reason.

That video is not a sign of societal regression or reflective of the University of Oklahoma, but it’s just further proof that equality and decency are individual decisions, stupid still travels in packs and that our melting-pot nation self-segregates — and hates — as effectively as ever.

If Delance, or anyone, thinks that this video is isolated to one bus at one frat at one school for just 10 seconds, then he needs another shot of delusional. Mr. Delance, it’s not everyone, but it’s everywhere. No matter what school he picks, the odds are nauseatingly good there are similar behaviors at that school, too. This is not just a Southern thing. This is a people thing.

Ignorant and mean are not endemic to Oklahoma. Just because Delance saw that awful video, he should not judge an entire school or base his decision to play for that team on it. As a Texan of nearly 20 years with degrees from Kansas and TCU, no one considering OU should reject the Sooners based on these dopes.

Delance made headlines because he openly said he would not attend OU because of this video. It is his choice. The agreement is non-binding, and it’s a free country, which is the problem.

The frat boys at SAE (and don’t forget the cute little sorority girls who participated in the chant, too) are free to say what they want. If they want to sing about bigotry and hatred, this country provides for such allowances. Stupid is often a choice.

As long as we are justifiably castigating this menagerie of fools on that SAE bus, let’s rip those people (black, white, brown, etc.) who say vile and disgusting things about women, or Hispanics, or Chinese, Japanese or anybody who does not look exactly like them. Music lyrics that target women don’t get a pass, yet for some reason are never called to the mat the way they should. Don’t condemn one type of bigotry while espousing another form of ignorant fear-based hatred.

It is 2015, and despite our advances, we are still capable of meanness, and we discriminate. It comes down to the individual and whether he believes it and wants to participate in degrading and debasing another human being. Some people still do.

Those misguided and naive OU students speak for themselves, but they do reflect the reality that there are a slew of delusional dopes walking around this country who believe they are better because they are white. Or because they are male. Or because they have money. Or because their parents have money. Or because they are hot. Or because they have a gun.

I asked Kruger if he had addressed this videotape with his team, which he has.

“It bothered everybody a great deal,” he said.

It should. Like Kruger said, hopefully people learn from it. Some will. Some won’t. In the end, it comes down to the individual.

The type of behavior displayed by these students is not specific to Oklahoma, and does not reflect on Kruger, Bob Stoops or any other coach at the school.

Jean Delance wanted to go to Oklahoma for a reason, and he needs to know that the type of behavior displayed by the OU frat is merely specific to stupid people. And those people are everywhere.

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