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Community groups speaking out about Theta Tau video

Community groups are speaking out about the Theta Tau video


The video shows a crowd of people, a couple of them acting out of skit, and several people can be heard laughing during it.

Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud condemned the video. He said is shows anti-semitic, racist, homophobic language and attacks everyone from women to people with disabilities.

Now some community leaders are speaking out.

“They went across the board. They didn’t leave one group, or one segment of people out," Linda Brown-Robinson said.

Brown-Robinson is the president of the local NAACP. She said, unfortunately, the students' behavior does not surprise her.

Rabbi Daniel Fellman of Temple Concord is also disturbed by video.

“It scares me because it’s becoming more and more common again. We thought that we had buried much of that and it keeps popping back up," Fellman said.

Fellman said the conduct in the video goes beyond the usual college rowdiness and the students are being hateful.

”I think universities need to do a better job teaching why diversity is important and teaching how to create a diverse community where everybody is accepted," Fellman said.

So far, the university has suspended the fraternity. Administrators are waiting on an investigation to decide on further disciplinary action.

Brown-Robinson is calling for a harsh penalty.

“The lesson is they have to teach them a hard lesson. It can’t be a slap on the wrist and expect that it’s not going to happen," Brown-Robinson said.

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