Last black member from OU’s ‘racist’ fraternity talks about time in SAE

“I put my faith and hope in an idea.”

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NORMAN, Okla. – A fraternity at the University of Oklahoma was shut down after a video surfaced showing members engaging in a racially insensitive chant.

In the video, you can hear the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity cheering “there will never be a nig*** in SAE.”

The chant goes on to say, “you can hang them from a tree, but they’ll never sign with me.”

William Bruce James II, who says he was the last black SAE member at OU, spoke with KFOR’s Linda Cavanaugh about his thoughts on the incident.

James, who pledged to SAE 14 years ago, says he felt shock and disbelief after watching the video.

The SAE alumnus says he never felt like his fraternity brothers were racist.

“I never heard anything like that while I was there,” he said. “My brothers wouldn’t have allowed it…. That song wouldn’t have been sung.”

James says the fact that the…

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