UPDATED, 1:08 p.m. EST, 3-10-15:
Two University of Oklahoma students have been expelled after the president identified them as leaders in a racist chant video recorded at a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity event, according to KOCO TV. The TV news station reports:
University of Oklahoma President David Boren has expelled two students identified as leaders in a racist chant video recorded at an SAE fraternity event.
Boren said the students who played a leadership role had created a hostile learning environment for others.
Boren addressed a crowd of protestors on Monday, saying the sentiments in the video would not be tolerated at the University of Oklahoma. Boren also said the members of the fraternity have until midnight to get off campus.
The students’ names have not been released.
Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon House Mom Hurls N-Word
It would appear the recently discovered racist video chant by members of the University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is not an aberration. The college’s student newspaper, The Oklahoma Daily, posted a Vine video late Monday that allegedly shows the frat’s house mother, Beauton Gilbow, 79, laughing while repeating the n-word at what appears to be a party. The newspaper identified Gilbow by comparing her Vine image to a photo on a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for her after the fraternity was shut down. The campaign page has since been removed. She told Oklahoma’s News 9 that she was shocked by the events that unfolded. Read more.
Black Fraternity Member Opens Up
William Bruce James II, who says he was the last Black Sigma Alpha Epsilon member at the University of Oklahoma, tells KFOR TV’s Linda Cavanaugh that he was stunned by the video, saying he never felt like his fraternity brothers were racist. “I never heard anything like that while I was there,” says James, who pledged 14 years ago. “My brothers wouldn’t have allowed it…. That song wouldn’t have been sung.” But he found it disturbing that current members in the video all appear to know the words to the offensive chant. Still, he says he has received an outpouring of support from his fraternity brothers. “They’re helping me be less angry about it,” he tells the station. Read more.
Oklahoma Football Player Condemns Sigma Epsilon on Social Media
In an expletive-laced Snapchat video, Eric Striker, a Black football player at the University of Oklahoma, angrily condemned Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s racist video chant Monday, according to KFOR 4 TV. He also called out the deceptions of a post-racial America. “Mother f*****s talk about racism don’t exist, be the same mother f*****s shaking our hand, giving us hugs, telling how you really love us. F*** you phony a** fraud a** b*****s.” He later posted an apology on a friend’s Twitter account. Read more.
Is Racist Video Chant Symbolic of Fraternity Culture?
The behavior displayed by members of the University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity on a YouTube video is reportedly embedded in the organization’s DNA, according to Think Progress. “Sigma Alpha Epsilon is the only national fraternity founded in the antebellum South,” Think Progress writes, citing the fraternity’s national webpage, saying that the organization was “[f]ounded in a time of intense sectional feeling” and that it initially “confined its growth to the southern states.” Read more.