After catching national attention for racist comments made by their Oklahoma chapter earlier this year, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is in the spotlight yet again after an incident at Yale this past weekend. Sofia Petros-Gouin, a Columbia University freshman who was visiting Yale over the weekend, told the Washington Post that she witnessed an SAE frat bro turn students of color away from a Halloween party after he stated “No, we’re only looking for white girls.”
This allegation comes despite the fact that, earlier this year, SAE’s national chapter announced a set of initiatives ensuring that racist behavior would not be tolerated in any of its chapters across the country.
In a statement to the Yale Daily News, the president of the Yale SAE chapter Grant Mueller insisted that fraternity members did not racially discriminate at the off-campus event. However, the incident continues to fuel debate between students, with conflicting stories coming from multiple witnesses. While the fraternity member in question for making the racist comments is white, the members of SAE at Yale told the Washington Post that their fraternity represents a diverse group reflective of the entire university.
Neema Githere posted a public Facebook status saying she and her friends had been turned away from an SAE party on the basis of race the year before, and urged others to share their stories in the comments.
While there is no word on whether or not the SAE chapter at Yale will face any discipline for this, we can only hope that the incident will spark awareness and bring change amongst fraternity organizations as a whole, who continue to make headlines for not only incidents of racial discrimination but sexual violence as well.