NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– There are new developments, accusations and now, a reaction about the scandal surrounding the Oklahoma University chapter of a fraternity.
There are four SAE Chapters in Connecticut. One of them is released a statement about what the fraternity is really about, and it’s not about racist chanting. The University of New Haven Sigma Alpha epsilon chapter reminds us the frat brothers are supposed to be true gentlemen. That is someone “who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.”
The virtue of the SAE brothers is under question because of the video of Oklahoma University SAE members shouting a racist chant during a bus ride. It uses the “n” word and seems to condone lynching African Americans. Oklahoma University expelled two of those students and closed down the frat house as of midnight last night.
Meanwhile, the last African American member of that fraternity is now speaking out, condemning the students on that video.
“I don’t consider them my brothers. I don’t think they were ever deserving of the letters,” said William Bruce James, last African American member of OU SAE chapter.
And you can add to the problems there – a viral video showing SAE’s house mother repeatedly using the “n” word. She is now speaking out saying she is not racist, she was only singing lyrics to a rap-song.
“I feel like the rugs been pulled out from under me, you know. This has been my life for fifteen years and it’s tough,” said Beauton Gilbow House Mother of SAE Fraternity.
She’s now out of a job. So is the house cook, an African American man named Howard Dixon. There’s an online fundraiser to help him out since racist kids have cost him his job.
There were four SAE chapters in Connecticut. The one at UNH is speaking out against racism. The one at the University of Hartford has not said anything yet. The chapter at Yale is currently suspended because of inappropriate comments about a female student. The one at UConn is suspended for hazing.