I was a member of SAE fraternity at Kent State a million years ago.

I say was because I never became a full fledged member through the required rush/pledge/initiation process. I was a social member.

I was already 21 when I got to Kent State and knew some guys in the fraternity and ended up spending most of my time with them during my two years there.

I became a social member for two reasons. Softball and football. I was pretty good in both and the fraternities took their intra-fraternity competition seriously.

I was taught the secret handshake and some of the long standing traditions but I was never told the secrets.

I really didn’t care about the secrets as long as they let me play centerfield, wide receiver and go to the parties.

I’ve thought about those secrets a lot this week after the video of the SAE racist song from Oklahoma went viral.

Was that song one of those secrets? I don’t know but I doubt it. It might be a song that had been passed down at some chapters in the South. But one thing is for sure, those kids on the bus in Oklahoma didn’t make it up last Thursday.

Oklahoma University had no right to expel the kids on the video. And no need to. They have every right to be as racist as they want to be as long as long as it doesn’t infringe on someone else’s rights.

They will pay the price for singing that song for a long time without anybody having to violate their constitutional rights.

I still feel loyalty to SAE even though it was a million years ago that they bent the rules a little to allow me to enjoy the sports and the parties without having to go through the tough pledging process.

And I don’t think it’s a racist organization.

In fact, if you check out the Kent State chapter’s Facebook page, you will see several black members.

And something everybody should keep in mind. Every fraternity and sorority out there-white-black-Asian has its secrets and they would not want them to be made public.

That’s why they’re called secrets.

  • Frank

    Fraternities shouldn’t exist in the first place. How about that?

    • John Steigerwald

      Yes. Anything that you don’t like shouldn’t exist. Thanks.