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OSU student who reportedly posted racist Snapchat removed from fraternity, residential life position

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Jake Pulliam

Jake Pulliam (right) was removed from the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and his position at Oklahoma State Residential Life.

WARNING: Racial slur appears in photograph.

Jake Pulliam, who reportedly posted a racist post on Snapchat, has been removed of his positions with residential life and his fraternity. 

Ival Gregory, Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at Oklahoma State University, said in an email to the O'Colly that Jake Pulliam has been removed from OSU's chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

"Pulliam has been removed from the fraternity as a result of allegations that he may have posted inappropriate material on social media," Gregory said in an email. "It is my understanding that action took place on the evening of January 16, 2018, once the fraternity leadership was aware of the allegations. That sort of behavior is inexcusable and not acceptable in any civilized community."

Pulliam reportedly posted a Snapchat story with the caption "Bodak Black N****** on Monday.  

This snapchat was brought to the O'Colly's attention via a tweet from OSU's Afro-Am Association in which the group said the post was "unacceptable & disgusting.  we hope there are repercussions for these individuals who claim to be apart of the Cowboy family."

OSU President Burns Hargis released a statement Wednesday condemning Pulliam's behavior and said the university met with Pulliam and removed him from his position in residential life. 

"It is a shame he would exercise his right of free speech in a hurtful and insensitive way," Hargis said in the statement. "It is especially reprehensible that this occurred as our nation celebrated the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King."

This is not the first time OSU has experienced racist social media posts near Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Last January, two pictures were posted on social media, the first including four female students, two wearing the masks, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The second came six days later with one female student wearing a mud mask with the caption, “When he says he only likes black girls.”

"Intolerance and discrimination of any person or group is not acceptable on the Oklahoma State University campus," Hargis said in the statement. "Offensive, hurtful language only seeks to divide and damage our campus community. On behalf of the university, I want to apologize to members of the OSU community, especially our African American students, who are hurt by this latest incident. It is maddening and disappointing when these type of hateful incidents repeat themselves. We are better than this at OSU. I challenge every member of the OSU community to do what you can to help fight intolerance and make Oklahoma State University the best it can be.”

The O'Colly reached out to Pulliam and Blake Giles, president of OSU's chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Neither have responded as of 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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