Many of us watched the News, observing a fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon students from Oklahoma University act like they had just left a Klan rally instead of heading to a formal celebration of Founder’s Day. Below is an apology from the parents of one of the students.
“As parents of Levi, we love him and care for him deeply. He made a horrible mistake, and will live with the consequences forever. However, we also know the depth of our son’s character. He is a good boy, but what we saw in those videos is disgusting. While it may be difficult for those who only know Levi from the video to understand, we know his heart, and he is not a racist. We raised him to be loving and inclusive and we all remain surrounded by a diverse, close-knit group of friends.
We were as shocked and saddened by this news as anyone. Of course, we are sad for our son – but more importantly, we apologize to the community he has hurt. We would also like to apologize to the – entire African American community, University of Oklahoma student body and administration. Our family has the responsibility to apologize, and also to seek forgiveness and reconciliation. Our words will only go so far – as a family, we commit to following our words with deeds.”
We should remember as Malcom X said “don’t be in a hurry to condemn because someone doesn’t do what you do or think as you think…There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today.” I say that to say we learn our best lessons from our mistakes. I can accept a genuine apology, can you L.A.