I am a fairly old guy by now, and very little that I see on the news startles me. But a few days ago, I was jolted down to my socks by the story of a horrifying racist chant by drunken fraternity boys of the SAE chapter at the U. of Oklahoma at Norman, Oklahoma. It was repulsive and it was incredibly stupid. The boys who were singing that song—on camera—should be in rehab, not at a university.
I know Oklahoma, and I have spoken there many times, and Oklahomans are wonderful, fair-minded people, and Norman’s campus is a fine bunch of men and women. Those nut cases on the bus don’t belong there and now they’re gone.
But when I was watching coverage of the event on some news networks, I was just as startled by the way the networks handled it. They arranged for black people to come on the shows to say that this incident showed that no progress had been made in racial justice since the police beatings in Selma, Alabama, fifty years ago.
That is just nonsense, and while we expect idiocy from drunken frat boys, we expect more from national networks.