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Professor's Theory About What Led The SAE Fraternity Brothers To Sing Racist Chant (VIDEO)

03/17/2015 12:28 pm ET | Updated 5 days ago

In a 9-second video that quickly went viral, students from the University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapter were seen on a bus clapping, pumping their fists and laughing as they sang a racist chant. The video sparked outrage, and the university expelled two students and shut down the fraternity chapter.

“My guess is that these young men — they’re probably not bad kids — but I bet they grew up in a white bubble. Their church is all white, their social networks are all white. They’ve probably never had someone of color in their living room to break bread,” says Dr. Charles Gallagher, a La Salle University professor and researcher in the field of racial and social inequality. In the video above, he tells Dr. Phil that he’s not surprised by the college students’ behavior. “When you get around same race groups of friends, things like this become OK.”

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