Shortly after the house mother at the University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapter said she couldn't believe her charges sang a racist song, the school's newspaper drew attention to a video that appears to show the 78-year-old chanting the word "n***a" several times.
In an interview with CBS, Beauton Gilbow -- who said she's lived at the fraternity house for 15 years -- tearfully told a reporter she was surprised by the actions of members filmed singing "There will never be a n***** in SAE" on a bus.
"I heard the words. Unbelievable. This is not... this is not SAE," she said.
Monday evening, the Daily Oklahoman published a video of what appears to be Gilbow chanting "n***a" seven times as Trinidad James' "All Gold Everything" plays in the background.
The lyrics to the song read "Don't believe me, just watch n***a, n***a, n***a," but the word is never repeated seven times.
Vine user demi stevenson uploaded the video on Feb. 24, 2013. The University of Oklahoma student directory lists a Demi Leigh Stevenson as a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. Emails to her school address were not returned.
Gilbow was not immediately available for comment from The Huffington Post Tuesday. However, in a statement to KFOR, she said she was made aware of the video and was "heartbroken by the portrayal that I am in some way racist."
"I was singing along to a Trinidad song, but completely understand how the video must appear in the context of the events that occurred this week," she added.
In an updated statement, SAE headquarters called Gilbow's behavior "unacceptable especially given her role as a peer and adviser."
On Monday, OU President David Boren decried the actions of the fraternity brothers seen in the video and announced the university had "severed" ties with the chapter. He ordered members to vacate the house. A statement from the school read, in part:
To those who have misused their free speech in such a reprehensible way, I have a message for you. You are disgraceful. You have violated all that we stand for. You should not have the privilege of calling yourselves “Sooners.” Real Sooners are not racist. Real Sooners are not bigots. Real Sooners believe in equal opportunity. Real Sooners treat all people with respect. Real Sooners love each other and take care of each other like family members.
Two students who were "identified as playing a leadership role in the singing of a racist chant" were expelled from the university Tuesday. "There is zero tolerance for this kind of threatening racist behavior at the University of Oklahoma," Boren said in a statement.
I have acted today to expel two students who were leaders in the singing of a racist chant. See press release - DBo pic.twitter.com/VypOiVqXi7
— David Boren (@President_Boren) March 10, 2015
This post has been updated to include a statements from Beauton Gilbow and Sigma Alpha Epsilon headquarters.
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