Oklahoma's Right to Expel Frat Boys

Public school students do have First Amendment rights. That doesn't mean Sigma Alpha Epsilon can discriminate.

Plenty of room here for all kinds of people.

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University of Oklahoma President David Boren has expelled two members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity on his campus for leading a horrifying racist chant. Does his decision violate their First Amendment rights? And if it does, what’s wrong with this picture, in which a public university wouldn’t be able to sanction students who not only bar blacks from their organization, but also refer to lynching in the process?

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