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Sat Mar 14, 2015, 10:12 PM

"The Ugly, Racist, Deadly History of Sigma Alpha Epsilon"

More: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/inside_higher_ed/2015/03/behind_the_chant_discrimination_at_oklahoma_s_sae_chapter_goes_deeper_than.html


Two months before the Civil War began, Noble Leslie DeVotie was boarding a steamship when he slipped, fell into the waters of Mobile Bay, and drowned.

DeVotie was one of the founders of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the only national fraternity founded in the antebellum South. A chaplain at Alabama's Fort Morgan at the time of his death, he became the fraternity’s—and some argue, the country's—first Civil War casualty. Nearly 75 other SAE members would die before the war’s end, the vast majority of them fighting for the Confederate South. When the survivors returned home, many found their universities burned to the ground and the 15 chapters of the fraternity in ruins.

SAE spent the next three decades rebuilding its ranks, eventually establishing chapters at Northern colleges. But their presence there among the well-established Northern fraternities was an uneasy one, so two members wrote a defiant march in which, as SAE’s manual describes it, the fraternity “entered, met and held at bay its rivals in the North.” It was the first of many songs SAE would produce, earning it the nickname “the singing fraternity.”

There's nothing quaint about the nicknames SAE has these days—on many campuses people say the initials stand for “sexual assault expected” or “same assholes everywhere.” The fraternity is also known as the one in which members are most likely to die. And now it may be called the most racist.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sat Mar 14, 2015, 10:34 PM

1. I just posted an article on my blog about this

 

also about the idiots on Morning Joe who said rap music caused racism

Check it out

Morning Joe: Rap Causes Racism

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Sun Mar 15, 2015, 03:42 PM

2. White, rich, privileged assholes....

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Sun Mar 15, 2015, 06:18 PM

3. Another great OP from you, Jamaal

Keep them coming!

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Mon Mar 16, 2015, 07:17 PM

4. Yep...Not shocked at all...

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 03:35 AM

5. A troop chaplain falls off a boat and becomes a civil war casualty.

That's the stuff of legends, isn't it?

As for the fraternity, claiming membership should garner nothing but stigma. Shunning has a place in our modern society.

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