$60,000 Raised for Black Chef Who Used to Work at Ousted ‘Racist Chant’ Fraternity

Howard Dixon used to work as a chef at the shunned University of Oklahoma SAE house, and now he’s out of a job
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$60,000 Raised for Black Chef Who Used to Work at Ousted ‘Racist Chant’ Fraternity


The consequences of the SAE racist chant ironically lost him his job, but his life might soon get back on track.

The disgraced members of the University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity packed their bags this week as the media and the nation recoiled from their racist rant that was caught on camera. The university president also disbanded the entire fraternity chapter, and, as a result, anyone who worked at the house is now out of a job, including Howard Dixon.

Dixon, who is black, is the fraternity house cook. He worked there for more than a decade.

Blake Burkhart, an alumnus of OU and SAE, took it upon himself to begin a fundraiser on IndieGoGo for Dixon, and so far has raised more than $60,000 for the chef, who was well known for his chili dogs.

“This man is going to walk up to the SAE house tomorrow morning and hear that he no longer has a job," Burkhart said in his IndieGogo campaign description. "He is going to learn who he 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. He is going to lose his job because of a bus full of racist kids.”

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