A former University of Oklahoma student captured on video leading a racist chant apologized Wednesday, saying he was sorry for his role in the incident and ashamed that he participated.
The words in the chant “were mean, hateful and racist,” said the former student, Levi Pettit, who was surrounded by African-American community leaders at the Fairview Missionary Baptist Church here.
“Some have wondered why I hadn’t spoken out publicly,” Mr. Pettit said. “The truth is I have had a mix of pain, shame, sorrow and fear over the consequences of my actions. I did not want to apologize to the press or to the whole country until I first came to apologize to those most directly impacted.”
“The truth is what was said in that chant is disgusting,” Mr. Pettit said, “and after meeting with these people, I’ve learned these words should never be repeated.”
Scotty Adams, a 2013 graduate, said racism was not prevalent or tolerated at Sigma Alpha Epsilon when he was there.
He deflected questions about where he learned the chant and instead spoke about asking for forgiveness and trying to work within the community to help prevent racism.
Yeah yeah, in other words he's sorry he got and had the video not have come to light he would be leading the same chant tomorrow or next weekend.