Fraternity house apologises for racist, sexual video

A fraternity house in the US has been suspended after shocking video emerged of a racist initiation skit, in which members swore to "always have hatred" for black and Jewish people.

Theta Tau from Syracuse University has since apologised for the video, which shows a group of men laughing as others yell racial slurs, saying it was part of the act mocking a "conservative Republican".

The video, which was brought to light on Thursday, also shows the boys pretending to perform sex acts on each other and on walls.

They're the fourth fraternity from the private research university in New York to be suspended this year alone, the Washington Post reports.

The footage was posted by The Daily Orange, the college's student-run news platform.

Halfway through the six-minute long clip, one man kneels in front of another.

"Do you know what you signed up for today?" the standing man asks.

"I know what I signed up for," the kneeling boy replies, before pretending to perform a sex act on his peer.

"Do you know the oath? The standing man then asks.

"F**k black people," the other replies.

The kneeling man is then asked to repeat the following:

"I solemnly swear to always have hatred in my heart for n**gers."

The video continues with more racist remarks and sex acts, including references to the holocaust.

The fraternity has since apologised in a statement.

"None of this can possibly excuse the words that came from our fraternity house last month, no matter the context the words were used in," it reads.

"New members are given the opportunity to write and act out a skit, in order to roast the active brothers.

"This year, one of these brothers is a conservative Republican, and the new members roasted him by playing the part of a racist conservative character. It was a satirical sketch of an uneducated, racist, homophobic, misogynist, sexist, ableist and intolerant person."

University Chancellor Kent Syverud says he's "shaken" by the video, labelling it "extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities", in an email sent to campus.

"I am appalled and shaken by this and deeply concerned for all members of our community," he said.