To the Contrary

SAE brothers in Oklahoma were deprived of rights

Two men load a couch from the now closed University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house into a moving truck, in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 10, 2015. University President David Boren expelled two students Tuesday after he said they were identified as leaders of a racist chant captured on video during a fraternity event.
Two men load a couch from the now closed University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house into a moving truck, in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 10, 2015. University President David Boren expelled two students Tuesday after he said they were identified as leaders of a racist chant captured on video during a fraternity event. AP

The void and vacuum of response from all media about the “racists chants” by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma is quite deafening. I am really having a hard time believing what I am not reading.

Where, oh where, is the media outrage about freedom of speech for these fraternity brothers? Does the First Amendment not protect their right to free speech? Or is free speech only reserved for the politically correct? If this is the case, then why do we need the First Amendment?

I don’t care what you think about what they said. Like it; don’t like it; it really should not matter. What matters is their right to say it.

Isn’t that exactly what the First Amendment is all about? If this were not so important, then why is it the “First” Amendment?

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people to assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances.”

Now, I really have a hard time understanding why a “supposed” institution of higher learning such as the University of Oklahoma has chosen to expel the students because of what they said. I guess the university would rather be politically correct than stand firm about protecting our First Amendment rights. I can only imagine what civics and history lessons are being taught there. I really can’t believe this!

I really have a hard time understanding why there is no media outrage over the trampling of the First Amendment by the president of the University of Oklahoma, in expelling the students. Isn’t this exactly why we have the First Amendment? When The Herald publishes the story at the top of page 2 entitled “2 students expelled over racist chant” and then does not counter that article with something about our First Amendment rights, then I realize The Herald only cares about being politically correct.

Shame on you, Herald! Shame on you! We deserve better!

Where, oh where, is the media outrage in protecting the right of free speech for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers ... and everyone else?

Neel M. Hollis is a resident of Rock Hill

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