“This event was never intended to be centered around racism or hate. This year, one of these brothers is a conservative Republican, and the new members roasted him by playing the part of a racist conservative character. It was a satirical sketch of an uneducated, racist, homophobic, misogynist, sexist, ableist and intolerant person. The young man playing the part of this character nor the young man being roasted do not hold any of the horrible views espoused as a part of that sketch. We would like to believe that the new members seen in the video laughing at the horrible things being said were not laughing in concurrence with these beliefs, but in fact the opposite—that racism, sexism and homophobia are so wrong that they are laughable.
We are open-minded, scholarly leaders, both in our profession and in the community.”
…”— Excerpt of an entirely insufficient apology posted by members of Syracuse University’s Theta Tau engineering frat after a truly deplorable video of them engaging in racist, homophobic, sexist behavior garnered national media attention and outrage.