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Alpha Gamma Delta – The University of Alabama (Facebook)

Let’s be honest, the University of Alabama isn’t known for its love of “diversity”.  So I’m not sure why it’s so shocking to learn that certain sororities on the UA campus won’t pledge black recruits. The Crimson White (CW) recently wrote an expose on four sororities that blocked two black women from pledging. Allegedly, alumnae members of  Alpha Gamma DeltaTri DeltaChi Omega and Pi Beta Phi didn’t want to tarnish their “history” by offering bids to the black women in question.

In “The Final Barrier: 50 years later, segregation still exists,” CW reporters Abbey Crain and Matt Ford report that Alpha Gamma Delta members were told during recruitment that the sorority would not be voting on potential new members because the chapter had already agreed on who would make the cut.

According to the CW, sorority member Melanie Gotz raised her hand and asked, “Are we not going to talk about the black girl?”

The girl, according to the CW, should have been a prime candidate — a “4.3 GPA in high school, was salutatorian of her graduating class and comes from a family with deep roots in local and state public service and a direct link to The University of Alabama.”

The two black woman in question have preferred to remain anonymous due to the backlash they’re afraid of receiving.

In response to the allegations against one of the sororities involved, Whitney Heckathorne, director of communications for Chi Omega nationals, said, “Our membership policy embraces women from different ethnic, religious and racial backgrounds. Our sole membership criteria is that our members live and reflect Chi Omega values, and so I can speak from the national standpoint that certainly singling out someone because of race is not something that would reflect Chi Omega’s ideals.”

Maybe the white sororities at the University of Alabama could learn something from the University’s National Pan-Hellenic Council, composed of traditionally African-American greek organizations, who have no problem in having diverse pledges. According to a 2011 article in The Crimson White, Zeta Phi Beta pledged white member Eve Dempsey in the spring of 2007, after integrating in the 1980s. Maybe the two black women in question should look into black greek organizations. Inclusion isn’t always the easiest thing, especially when it’s only been 50 years since the first black student was allowed on University of Alabama’s campus.

71 Comments

  1. Bluboy

    It is wrong for everyone to assume that all these organizations are no good. Not every black person in a bglo is just send it to be seen. Some of us actually do things to help our community and reach out to our younger peers. Just the individuals, not the group as a whole. I have no problem with black people joining a predominantly white organization. It’s just something that never interested me because I was only interested in joining a Divine 9 organization. I also grew up in predominantly white neighborhoods. Let’s not ignore the fact that if what the sororities did is true, it’s completely wrong and unfair.

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  2. diasporauk

    Just pleases me no end when after a hard day’s bootlicking and miscellaneous treachery in their as job white supremacy’s washer women — “diversity” seeking (aka wannabe white) negros get a rejection slip instead of membership.

    Forever the trick, never the wife.

    :-)

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  3. Ms.Vee

    *rolls eyes and continues to pray for the day blacks stop being pitiful and begging for others to accept us into things we can achieve ourselves*.

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  4. Leo the Yardie Chick

    I’m from the Caribbean and the whole frat/soro thing is as foreign to me as seal meat. So I read what everyone here had to say, and then I went to the original article. It turns out that the members of the sorority where Miss 4.3 GPA pledged wanted her, but were overruled by the alumnae/Powers That Be. If that sorority is serious about integrating, then they need to get the ball rolling by petitioning to their national body and letting them know that something is rotten at U of Alabama, AND throwing their support loudly and publicly behind the two young women in question.

    IF they’re serious, that is. Standing up for the two will undoubtedly make them targets as well, but it will need to be done if they really want something more diverse than hair colours in their establishment. We’ll see how willing they are to do so, but I wouldn’t suggest holding your breaths,

    Personally, I, like a previous commentator’s daughter, would be sprinting as if Cujo and White Dog were chasing me had I witnessed half of what she saw, but this isn’t about me. This is about those two young women and what they thought they saw in these groups.

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