The SAE fraternity sing-along in Oklahoma may not appear directly related to economic inequality. Eugene Robinson tells us just HOW deeply related it is. In his opinion column, “Fraternity Boys and the Long Shadow of Racism,” which appeared in today’s issue of The Washington Post, Robinson explains:
“Now, I realize that these soft, pampered, privileged, ridiculous frat boys are not likely to attempt actual violence against black people. But they wouldn’t have to. The attitudes their words reveal can, and probably will, show themselves in other ways.
Let’s imagine the video never surfaced. With halfway decent grades, degrees from Oklahoma’s flagship university and the connections that Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s old-boy network could provide, the boys on that bus could be expected to end up in executive positions with the power to hire and fire. What chance would an African American job applicant have of getting fair consideration?”