The racist-video scandal enveloping the now-banned Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma continued to unfold Tuesday, as new videos surfaced showing members of the fraternity reciting an N-word-laced chant and the “house mother” repeating the N-word from a hip-hop song playing in the background.
The university kicked the chapter off its campus Monday after an initial video released on Sunday showed fraternity members singing the chant that included references to lynching African-Americans and to the almost complete exclusion blacks from SAE. Some fraternity alumni, seemingly upset by the videos, began a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the fraternity house’s African-American cook, who lost his job in the university’s decision to shutter the house.
One of the new videos, apparently captured on the same bus where the initial video was shot, shows at least one member of the SAE fraternity trying to discourage a fellow rider from recording the racist chant. “There will never be a n----- in SAE/There will never be a n----- in SAE,” fraternity members chanted as the member attempted to block the lens of a camera that was recording the chant. It’s unclear when the videos were captured.
A Vine video found by the University of Oklahoma’s student newspaper appears to show the SAE chapter’s house mother, Beauton Gilbow, repeating the N-word several times. She is rapping along with the actual words of the hip-hop song “All Gold Everything,” by the artist Trinidad James. The video was posted on the social video sharing network on Feb. 24, 2013, according to a New York Daily News report.
Gilbow, however, condemned the fraternity’s racist bus chant to local media in Oklahoma on Monday. A GoFundMe page created to raise funds for Gilbow was deactivated when the Vine video resurfaced. Fundraising campaigns for the shuttered fraternity house cook, referred to as Howard, had raised more than $46,000 as of Tuesday morning. “Howard has been a hard-working and loyal employee for over 15 years, always making it in through rain, sleet and snow,” says a GoFundMe page created for the man, whose last name is not given.