By now I’m sure most of you have heard the tale of Laurin Compton and Lauren Cofield, two Howard University students who are suing the university and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc for not allowing them into the organization and violating their human rights. While I could probably find a better example of human rights violations to bring before a court, these two young ladies are serious about their #firstworldproblem and feel they’re being treated differently because of their “familial status”—a protected class under the D.C. Human Rights Act, and are demanding justice and admittance into the pink and green world of AKA.
But if these ladies learned anything from their mommas, who happen to be members of AKA, it’s that Alpha Kappa Alpha takes its legacy very seriously and as such have clapped back against their lawsuit saying that despite the young women’s belief that it was their “birthright” to become AKA members when they wished, the sorority’s “Legacy Clause” does not guarantee membership:
“The Plaintiffs, two undergraduate women at Howard University and their mothers, bring this action because the undergraduate Plaintiffs were not selected to be initiated into AKA at this time, despite their belief that it was their “birth right” to become AKA members when they wished as Legacy Candidates because their mothers were active members in the sorority.
Despite the Plaintiffs’ disappointment and complaints, AKA did not violate the “Legacy Clause” in its Constitution and Bylaws, because that is not a guarantee of membership to a particular chapter, but simply provides for a priority process. More importantly, AKA had no ability to include these young women in the 2013 intake process of its Howard Chapter, because the strict application of membership caps imposed on AKA’s Howard University Chapter, in combination with AKA’s own intake regulations, made their admittance at this time impossible. AKA had no authority to lift or waive these caps.”
The fact that AKA had to even address this issue in the first place is just insane, but in a world where people feel entitled to every and anything and fail to see the importance of hard work and humility, I’m not surprised.
What are your thoughts on the lawsuit and AKA’s response?
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