University of Washington officials are investigating claims by black students that members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon hurled slurs at them during a protest. Linda So reports.
New allegations have surfaced against another SAE chapter... this time at the University of Washington. The fraternity is under investigation following claims by black students that members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon hurled racist remarks at them as they marched passed the frat house last month during a Black Lives Matter protest. SOUNDBITE: DIRIR ABDULLAHI, PROTESTER, SAYING: "That's when they started shouting and flipping us off and saying you apes why are you here? Get out of here." SOUNDBITE: MAGGIE NEGUSSIE, PROTESTER, SAYING: "It's just absolutely unacceptable, and something we would never let just slide by." The Black Student Union is asking for an apology and wants the fraternity to be disciplined. But SAE's chapter president says members of his fraternity aren't to blame. He claims the slurs came from strangers who were standing near the house. SOUNDBITE: MICHAEL HICKEY, SIGMA ALPHA EPSILON PRESIDENT, SAYING: "(We) saw them yelling, flipping off the protesters." The protesters aren't buying it. They say the racist remarks came from members of SAE. These latest accusations come after the closure of SAE's chapter at the University of Oklahoma, where a video recently surfaced showing members singing racist chants. SOUNDBITE: MAGGIE NEGUSSIE, PROTESTER, SAYING: "All of these events happen in Oklahoma and Ferguson and New York. They are not any different from Seattle." Members of the Black Student Union are meeting with the university's interim president on Friday.