UPDATE 4:56 p.m. — University president James Gallogly has released a statement on the video.
"Dear OU Community,
We are saddened and offended that even on the eve of such an important holiday for our nation we are reminded how far we have yet to come in the conversation about treating everyone with respect and dignity. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Diversity and inclusivity are and will continue to be the hallmarks of our great university. We are committed to our mission of inclusive excellence, mutual respect and civil dialogue.
We expect all of our students, staff and faculty to respect the diversity and cultural backgrounds of others. These differences should not divide us but should strengthen our community and enrich our environment and the OU family. The diversity of our university is paramount and it is our mission to build a community where everyone’s identity is respected and valued.
We were made aware of an inappropriate and derogatory video circulating on social media of two OU students. The University of Oklahoma abhors such conduct and condemns the students’ actions and behavior in the strongest terms possible. While students have the freedom of expression, the negative impact of such conduct cannot be underestimated. The students have offered to apologize in order to reflect their regret.
Together let’s each take the personal responsibility to create a welcoming and inclusive community.
UPDATE 4:53 p.m. — OU Tri Delta Chapter president London Moore confirmed the student who filmed the video is a member of the sorority.
"Founded as a society that shall be kind alike to all, Tri Delta deeply regrets the insensitive and offensive actions of one of our members," Moore said. "We are diligently working with the university, our volunteers and our Executive Office staff to investigate the incident and take appropriate action to hold our member accountable. We understand the concerns that this raises within the campus community and beyond and will prioritize our efforts to live kind and lead kind as Tri Delta women and as part of the larger OU community."
ORIGINAL: A video posted on social media Friday shows a University of Oklahoma student wearing blackface and using a racial slur.
The video, which was posted by Twitter user @GabbyHahaa, shows two women, one of whom is filming the other putting black paint on her face. The two are laughing as the person filming points out that the material being used is paint and not for a face mask.
The video then cuts to showing both women, one of whom still has black paint on her face. The woman then says into the camera, "I am a n****r."
The Twitter user who posted the video appears to identify the individuals in it. The Transcript is currently working to confirm if the names are correct and if they are OU students.
Twitter users who replied to the video post also indicate the individuals are members of a sorority, which the Transcript is working to identify.
University Statement pic.twitter.com/4voThQ9YwW— University Community (@OuCommunity) January 18, 2019
The OU Office of University Community released a statement Friday afternoon regarding the video.
"We have been made aware of an inappropriate and derogatory video circulating on social media posted by an OU student," the statement reads. "The University of Oklahoma abhors such conduct and condemns the students' actions and behavior in the strongest terms possible. While students have the freedom of expression, the negative impact on such conduct cannot be underestimated. The university is following up with the students.
"Our goal is to be a welcoming an inclusive community and we condemn any behavior whose goal is to diminish or belittle other members of the OU community."