SAE Fraternity Member Levi Pettit Apologizes
One of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon leaders who lead that now infamous racist chant apologized yesterday for his actions. Levi Pettit was surrounded by members of the Oklahoma Black Caucus who supported him as he said he’d “pledge his life to fighting racism.”
Flanked by black community leaders, one of the former University of Oklahoma SAE fraternity brothers captured on video singing a racist chant apologized Wednesday to those he had hurt and said he would pledge his life to fighting racism.
“All the apologies in the world won’t change what I have done, so I will spend the rest of my life trying to be the person who heals and brings people of all races together,” Levi Pettit said in a press conference in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma State Sen. Anastasia A. Pittman, the chair of the Oklahoma Black Caucus, thanked the media in her introduction for “giving us this opportunity to introduce Levi Pettit to the world.”
Pettit, who met with black civic leaders and pastors prior to the press conference, delivered a prepared statement in which he expressed regret and asked for forgiveness.
“The people I met with have opened my eyes to things I wasn’t exposed to before this event,” Pettit added during a brief question and answer session, saying he hadn’t understood the hurt his words caused. “I think I knew they were wrong, but I never knew why or how they were wrong.”
He would not discuss the chant, however, or say where he learned it or who taught it to him.
“I’m not here to talk about where I learned the chant or where it was taught. I’m here to apologize for what I did,” Pettit said.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon closed its University of Oklahoma chapter earlier this month after video surfaced of fraternity members taking part in the chant, which included a racial epithet and a reference to lynching. The university expelled Pettit and another student, Parker Rice.
Stephen Jones, an attorney for the local SAE chapter, told NBC News on Wednesday that an agreement had been reached with the university, and that no other fraternity members would be expelled.
Sooooo we can’t know who taught the chant and we’re supposed to believe that because Levi’s spent some time chatting over coffee with black leaders that he’s going to dedicate his life to the black cause?