Report: Texas Frat Member Posts Racial Tweets Defending Oklahoma Chapter

A member of the same fraternity that was recently banned from the University of Oklahoma over a racist chant reportedly took to Twitter this week with a series of racially charged tweets before deleting his account.

The San Antonio Express-News reported on Wednesday that Turner Coulson, a junior at Texas State University and member of that university’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter, posted the tweets apparently in frustration over what his fraternity brothers were going through in Oklahoma. The OU chapter of the frat was kicked off campus earlier this week after its members were filmed singing a chant filled with the N-word and references to lynching.

“If it was black people singing about crackers we would never hear a word about it,” Coulson tweeted, according to the Express-News.

Coulson reportedly deleted his Twitter account after the tweets were discovered, but the newspaper reported that a cached version of the account, as well as his Instagram and LinkedIn accounts, show that he is a member of SAE.

Twitter user @curlyheadRED posted a photo of Coulson’s now-deleted tweets, and the image began circulating on Twitter on Wednesday.

“Let’s start gangs and shoot each other and attack cops then maybe the media will like us. #CNNHatesMe,” Coulson apparently wrote in one of the tweets.

“I’ve been chanting Cracker for 20 minutes, no CNN story yet. Will keep you updated,” he reportedly wrote in another tweet.

Neither Coulson nor the fraternity’s national spokesman responded to the San Antonio Express-News’ requests for comment.

Margarita Arellano, the dean of students at Texas State, told the University Star that she wasn’t aware that any incidents similar to the chant at Oklahoma University had happened at Texas State.

“That doesn’t mean there are not some times some remarks made by an individual at an isolated event, but something to where people are in a huge group attending—I’m not aware of something of that magnitude,” she said.

The University of Oklahoma cut ties with SAE this week after the video of the racist chant surfaced. OU President David Bore then expelled two students who led the chant.

Parker Rice, one of the students expelled for participating in the chant, apologized for his behavior on Tuesday.

“I am deeply sorry for what I did Saturday night. It was wrong and reckless,” he said.

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