Levi Pettit, former student of Oklahoma University and member of the infamous Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, stood in front of gathered members of the press to issue “apologetic” statements. His expulsion from the university came after being caught on video chanting hate-filled remarks that were aimed toward Blacks.
Although we realize that Pettit’s statements were far from sincere, the biggest disappointment delivered to Melanoid people all over the country was that he was flanked by the Oklahoma Black Caucus, after their meeting with Pettit and other Black figures in the local establishment as an attempt to show “reconciliation” between Blacks and whites.
The removal of the SAE could stem from a bigger issue than just race: Oklahoma University boasts some of the most respectable athletic programs in the country, and the university also receives major funding from major television deals. Football and basketball are the two sports in the United States that are dominated by Black athletes. In hindsight, the SAE incident was one which could have possibly hurt the university financially and the recruitment of prospective Black athletes as a result of bad press.