Seattle fraternity accused of hurling slurs at protesters

SEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington is investigating allegations that fraternity members made racial slurs and obscene gestures to black students as they marched passed the fraternity house during a protest.

The Seattle Times reports that students allege several white men shouted the comments from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house as demonstrators passed Feb. 25. The protesters were in a Black Lives Matter march to raise awareness about racism.

The fraternity’s chapter president, Michael Hickey, says Sigma Alpha Epsilon has investigated and believes the slurs came from nonmembers. He says it’s working with others to hold them accountable.

The Black Student Union has asked the fraternity for an apology and plans to seek sanctions against it from the body that governs the university’s fraternities.

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma was closed this month after video surfaced showing members engaging in a racist chant.


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