More unfortunate news is streaming out of the now-shuttered Sigma Alpha Epsilon house at the University of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Daily has uncovered a Vine video from 2013 that appears to show SAE's house mom, Beauton Gilbow, laughing and repeatedly saying the N-word. CBS News describes her as "rapping" the lyrics to a song that includes the word; the Oklahoma City-based Lost Ogle believes it may have been the Trinidad James song "All Gold Everything." Gilbow, 79, yesterday told News9.com that she was "in shock" after watching the video of the racist chant and had "never heard the song." A GoFundMe page set up for her due to the frat's closure has now been taken down. More developments:
- University President David Boren says all members must be out of their campus home by midnight today. Images show the building tagged with the message "tear it d." "The house will be closed, and as far as I’m concerned it won't be back, at least not as long as I'm president," Boren says, per the Guardian. He adds some members may be expelled.
- A college football recruit says he will no longer attend OU after watching the "very disturbing" video. "Very uneducated people. I wouldn't want my son or child to go there or to anywhere like that," Texas' Jean Delance tells CBS News. His mom adds, "I've had family history in racial issues, inequality, and Jean knows these things are serious to us." Jean, a junior at North Mesquite High, announced on Twitter that he "officially de-committed" from Oklahoma and would be "opening my recruitment due to personal reasons." He says he has already been offered a spot at the University of Alabama, where SAE was in fact founded.
- Yesterday, the Unheard Movement, the black student group that released the video, led a protest march on campus and was joined by Boren, the Oklahoma football team, and many other students, reports USA Today. The paper notes about 5% of the university's student body is African-American.
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