Millennials ‘confused, appalled’ by racist fraternity video

The nine-second video featuring members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma singing a racist chant has sparked anger and confusion for many millennials across the country. Students held protests on campuses and took to social media to share their disappointment, outrage and concern.

race-todayAccording to a survey from the Pew Research Center in 2010 and another from MTV and David Binder Research in 2014, millennials are supposed to be more tolerant, and more racially progressive than older generations. So how did this happen?

Youth journalists with the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program interviewed their peers about their initial reactions to the video and ask what social responsibilities, if any, young people have after such an incident.

The interviews are provided by: Ryan Pavey and Mielle Pena of Austin High School in Austin, Texas; Ayeisha Priester and Wilfredo Rivera of CPBN Media Lab in Hartford, Connecticut; James Hoang, Damari Lawrence and Ja’Lenn Polar of Media Enterprise Alliance in Oakland, California; Grace Burns, Erika Cervantes, Ronald Elliott, Mercedes Ezeji, Jessica Hernandez and Ashley White of Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, Texas; and SRL Alumni Andrew Sokolowski of Blueband Films in Fraser, Michigan.

We want to hear from you. Is the next generation really more tolerant? Or are older generations continuing to pass down hurtful attitudes toward marginalized groups? Join the discussion on Twitter at 1 p.m. EDT Tuesday. Use the hashtag #NewsHourchats.

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