Last Black Member From OU’s ‘Racist” Fraternity Talks About Time in SAE

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William Bruce James II Courtesy: KFOR

NORMAN, OKLAHOMA (KFOR) — 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 current members in the video knew all of the words to the mean-spirited chant shows that this wasn’t a random act. “This has been going on for some period of time,” he said.

Since the video was released, James says he has seen an outpouring of support from his fraternity brothers.

“They’re helping me be less angry about it,” he said.

Although he has the support from his brothers, James says he still feels like he is grieving.

“I feel like I’ve lost a family member,” James said. “That pure bond of brotherhood, I don’t know if I’ll ever get that back.”

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  • Allyson Finch Wilson

    As I watched this story online last night, the only thing I kept thinking while looking at this dude was, how did he reconcile pledging a frat that honors the confederate flag? When learning about the founders, he had to learn that they all fought for the confederacy, so what did he really think he was getting in to??? I nearly threw up when he talked about taking his son there and telling him he was going to be a sigma alpha epsilon too. ugh.

  • justice

    what does them fighting for the CSA have to do with anything? Its always intresting how everyone immediatley ties the Confederate Battle Flag to racisim because some hate groups use it. Realize that it was Grant, a Union General, not Lee the Confederate General who owned slaves prior to the start of the war. But I digress, again, what does this have to do what some racist losers from OU?

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