The biggest story on the Internet right now is from an incredible piece about sorority racism at the University of Alabama. It was published in the school's student newspaper, the Crimson White. It's something you should go read right now in-full, as it documents some pretty awful allegations of racism in the school's greek system, even going so far to claim that the last time a University of Alabama sorority let a black student pledge was Gamma Phi Beta in 2003. The sororities accused by the paper of denying black students to pledge are Delta Delta Delta, Chi Omega, Pi Beta Phi, Alpha Gamma Delta. There's a lot to digest here, but first a few quotes you should read first:
Alpha Gamma Delta member Melanie Gotz reportedly asked about the recruiment of a black student who was seemingly a perfect canidate yet was "greeted by silence."
The recruit, who asked to remain anonymous, seemed like the perfect sorority pledge on paper, yet didn’t receive a bid from any of the 16 Panhellenic sororities during formal recruitment. Gotz and others said they know why: The recruit is black. She and at least one other black woman, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of personal safety, went through formal recruitment this year, but neither was offered a bid.
Like other black women before them, these two students tried to break what remains an almost impenetrable color barrier. Fifty years after Vivian Malone and James Hood became the first black students to desegregate The University of Alabama, there remains one last bastion of segregation on campus: The UA greek system is still almost completely divided along racial lines.
Gotz offered this condemnation of the sorority's alums:
“People are too scared of what the repercussions are of maybe taking a black girl,” Gotz said. “That’s stupid, but who’s going to be the one to make that jump? How much longer is it going to take till we have a black girl in a sorority? It’s been years, and it hasn’t happened.”
“It was just so cool to see everyone willing to take this next step and be the sorority that took a black girl and not care,” Gotz said. “You know, I would say there were probably five people in the room that disagreed with everything that was being said. The entire house wanted this girl to be in Alpha Gam. We were just powerless over the alums.”
Regarding a black recruit at Chi Omega:
A member of Chi Omega, who asked to remain anonymous, said her chapter dropped the black recruit because of its rush advisor, Emily Jamison, who is listed in the UA directory as director of UA, president’s and chancellor’s events.
“I know [the recruit] got perfect scores from the people in chapter the first day, and she got cut after the first day and I know it had to do with our advisor – is the one that dropped her,” the Chi Omega member said. “Her name is Emily Jamison.”
The Chi Omega member said the black recruit was originally on the slideshow of potential new members the sorority hoped to pledge and received perfect scores from active members, but she disappeared off the slideshow after the first round of recruitment parties.
At this point, it's probably best to just go read the whole thing at the Crimson White. It's their story and damn, damn good one.
For some very solid analysis into the matter, click on over to TotalFratMove.
Oh... Remember this? Shockingly, not a minority to be found in it:
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