Update: University of Oklahoma Expels Two Students for Racist Chant in Video

Update: University of Oklahoma Expels Two Students for Racist Chant in Video

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma has been shut down after a video of members yelling a racist chant surfaced online.

Published March 10, 2015

Update: March 10, 2:40 p.m.

Two University of Oklahoma students were expelled Tuesday afternoon for playing a "leadership role in the singing of a racist chant in connection with a SAE fraternity event," a press release from university President David Boren read. 

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapter is suffering the consequences for chanting, "There will never be a n****r in SAE," in a video that has spread all over the Internet. 

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The hateful speech has led to the chapter being shut down and Boren has called the frat members "disgraceful."

"In addition, all of the members have been suspended, and those members who are responsible for the incident may have their membership privileges revoked permanently," the national office of Sigma Alpha Epsilon said in a statement. Police reportedly escorted the members out of their frat house Sunday night, according to KOCO.com.

Boren took swift action against the Sigma Alpha Elipson fraternity on their campus since the video went viral Sunday. "I have emphasized that there is zero tolerance for this kind of threatening racist behavior at the University of Oklahoma," he said.

Meanwhile, Beauton Gilbow, who is considered to be the "house mom of SAE," has been put on blast after a video of her rapping the n-word surfaced Tuesday. However, Gilbow spoke at a press conference Monday and appeared to be shocked by the events. "I heard the words. Unbelievable... This is not SAE," Gilbow said, according to CBS News

Also a crowd-funding campaign has raised more than $47,000 for Howard Dixon, the former chef of the SAE house, who is now out of job since the fraternity has been closed. 

News of the racist chant led William James, a Black member of SAE, to leave the fraternity. "To say it was racist is not enough. It hit me in the very core of my soul when I saw the video," James wrote in a blog post Monday.

Additionally, the organization says they are "embarassed" by the troubled chapter's actions and reprimanded them in a statement. "Real Sooners are not bigots, real Sooners are not racist," the release said. 

In the video, the students were on a charter bus yelling the racial slur. A Black student alliance called the Unheard Movement on the campus of Oklahoma University obtained the video and released it Sunday. 

A group of students at Oklahoma disgusted with the frat's actions held protests on their campus Monday morning. 

This is not the first time Sigma Alpha Epsilon has been under fire for racist acts. In 2013, a Washington University chapter was suspended after a group of pledges allegedly rapped racial slurs to a group of African-American students in the school's cafeteria.

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