Racism still exists in America, and it reared its ugly head recently when members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapter at the University of Oklahoma were caught on tape spewing a racist chant. What can we learn from this incident? Plus, a young woman says she knows about racism first hand, because her father is an Imperial Wizard of the White Knights of the KKK and refuses to accept her biracial child.
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In a 9-second video that quickly went viral, party-bound 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 reignited debate across the nation about issues of race. Two students were expelled, and the chapter was shut down, with members given a midnight deadline to vacate their house.
One of the expelled students issued an apology, as did the family of the second student. Click here to read the full statements.
Dr. Phil discusses the incident with OU students Isaac and Lester, as well as La Salle University professor Dr. Charles Gallagher, a researcher in the field of racial and social inequality.
How do Isaac and Lester feel about the video? And, what is the sentiment on campus about what happened?
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Dr. Gallagher weighs in: “Racism today is more subtle.”
Racism in the Family
In the second part of the show, Dr. Phil tackles a very sensitive story. He speaks to a young woman, Peyton, 20, who says her father, David, is an Imperial Wizard of the White Knights of the KKK and an unabashed racist. She says he taught her to hate certain people, but she has different beliefs — and she now has a biracial son, whom she desperately wants her father to accept.
David says that is never going to happen. He insists he lives by “God’s law,” not “man’s law.” Is he twisting scripture for his own hatred?What a Leader of the White Knights of the KKK Says about His Biracial Grandson
Dr. Phil has a warning for his audience: “I had a debate about whether to do this next story or not.”
Tune in to see more of this emotionally-charged interview. Is there any hope of salvaging this father-daughter relationship, or should Peyton cut ties for good?