OU alumni rally around African American chef forced out of job after racist SAE chant

Oklahoma University alumni are rallying around an African American chef who has been forced out of his job at the school’s disgraced fraternity after footage emerged of members performing a racist chant.

Howard has worked at Sigma Alpha Epsilon for more than 15 years, cooking raved-about chili dogs and cheering students with his ‘infectious smile’, former members say.

But on Monday, his role was terminated after the university closed SAE with immediate effect.

It was a reaction to a video of fraternity brothers chanting ‘There will never be a n***** in SAE’ to the tune of If You’re Happy And You Know It.

Calling for support for Howard and his family as he looks for a new job, one former SAE member created an Indiegogo fundraiser page, and wrote: ‘He is going to lose his job because of a bus full of racist kids… Because of these kids’ actions, many will be affected. None more so than Howard.’

Howard, he writes, ‘was always there to chat with you’ but now ‘he is going to learn who has been working for. And through some cruel twist of fate, he has to lose the job that he has held for over a decade.’

Within roughly 12 hours, the fund had amassed $5,000.

And it is not the only one.

Simultaneously another former SAE brother set up a GoFundMe page slamming ‘the disgusting chant’ and lauding Howard as ‘hard-working and loyal’.

That page has at least $3,000.

A Twitter user who shared a link to the fundraising page wrote: ‘I went to an OU SAE tailgate one time, (had a great time) an i met that man howard, he grills a mean burger.’

All members of the fraternity have until midnight on Monday to leave the premises, University of Oklahoma President David Boren announced at a press conference amid a chorus of furious reaction to the footage.

Source: The DailyMail

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