OU students to hold rally after racist viral video


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    Students are fighting back after a racist video featuring University of Oklahoma students goes viral.

    The OU Black Student Association will be holding a "Rally to Stop Racism" at the Norman Campus on Tuesday. That rally is slated to being at 12:30 p.m.

    The video showed a student in "blackface" making racial slurs.

    The OUBSA released a statement saying, "We are not surprised by the actions of the two students in the video, in which one student portrays herself in 'blackface', nor are we surprised by the use of an abominable racial slur used against black people. There is a violent and painful history concerning the usage of blackface and reducing black people to racist caricatures. It is unfortunate for us to be in 2019 and this is still happening."

    The group has also called for "a zero-tolerance policy of hate speech to be added to the University of Oklahoma Student Code of Conduct."

    OU President James Gallogly addressed the incident Monday afternoon, saying the students involved voluntarily withdrew from the university. He also strongly condemned their actions.

    Gallogly confirmed University officials will review the Code of Conduct.

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