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University of Alabama President Judy Bonner listens as student Khortlan Patterson reads a statement. (Ben Flanagan/al.com)

University of Alabama’s president, Judy Bonner, recently released a video in reference to the university’s commitment to diversifying its sororities. After receiving backlash for its discriminatory practices a couple of months ago, Bonner claims the sorority system is now getting “revamped”.  The open bidding process is in full swing, and well, black people are more than welcomed.

“Every sorority has reached out to a diverse group of young women,” Bonner said. “To date, 200 bids have been offered during the past few weeks. One hundred and 45 women have accepted those bids. Twenty-three are minorities, including 14 African-Americans.”

“It is important to note that now 12 of our sororities have African-American members and all sororities have minority members,” Bonner said. “You can be assured that the Office of Greek Affairs will continue to work with both local chapters and national organizations to provide support for all members.”

But the effort has been met with criticism. Many feel that inclusion should be across the board, not just with white sororities, but black and white greek organizations as a whole. And Bonner hopes to change that as well.
I guess Bonner has never seen a white Zeta step?
But in any event, Bonner hopes that the new efforts to diversify the greek life on campus will better the greek experience for all involved and realizes it’s a continuous process.

“Let me be clear: we have not reached out destination, but we are moving forward with resolve, energy and enthusiasm,” Bonner said. “We are determined. We are focused. We will succeed in creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive campus that is defined by access and opportunity.”

 

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  • sorry…i’d rather join a BLACK sorority if i was into that kind of thing when i was younger.

    • lola289

      I agree, BUT some girls (like my freshman cousin) don’t fit in with black people/culture. Sadly, She would be more inclined to join a non black sorority.

    • eve-audrey

      excuse me i’m curious but what do people refer to when they talk about black culture in the US? i’m asking because i am not american and when i read people say they don’t fit or don’t like “black culture” (in the US i mean)

  • Kam

    Just to clarify, the sorority members did want the minority recruits, but were not allowed to do so by the alumni members, who threatened to pull support if the Black women were made members.

  • Anon

    Why does any grown woman or man need to join a sorority? Go to college, learn, grown and move on. High school is over. No coincidence, Harvard is not a big sorority school. Ever wonder why? Usually the lower end schools are sorority obsessed.

    • Marisa

      Your comment reminds me of one my mom had with a co-worker whose niece was at the time attending the same university as me. Well the convo went something like the woman’s niece went for a semester or two but, didn’t like the people and how did I fare at the school. My mom was like my daughter did great she will graduate and didn’t give a crap about liking anybody, her goal and objective was to get her degree, that goal was met. I think once you get a certain age the goal of being liked should begin to become lower or the scale of accomplishments. Getting to college is an expensive, exhausting process and all that clique/ making friends being the end all be all should lessen. I feel the same about the debutante stuff to.

    • omfg

      have you ever heard of dartmouth college?

      it’s one of the ivies and the greek system is huge there, at least when i was in college it was.

      it is true that many elite and/or liberal arts schools do not allow greek organization. but people can pledge off campus at a nearby institution, or however it works.

      this happened at my northeastern alma mater.

    • Jen Jen

      Another Dartmouth grad here. Hey!

    • Cee cee

      Harvard has had their own version of Greek life since it was established and now they even have sororities and frats.

    • Pseudonym

      @Anon: You must not have gone to Harvard or know any people who went to school there. The Greek system (even black Greeks) is DEFINITELY well-represented there.

  • WhatIThink

    Unfortunately, this is what you get from generations of black folks raised in a system that has praised integration and assimilation as the “promised land” for black people. Most black fraternities and sororities are based the principle of the “talented tenth” which means a negro who want to show and prove so they can assimilate into white society. (See: “The Talented Tenth: The Founders and Presidents of Alpha”, by Herman Mason, former president of Alpha Phi Alpha) Many of these people then became prominent in the civil rights movement which in reality was a consumer rights and integration movement founded by whites and Jews not an empowerment movement for blacks. In fact, Martin King, an alpha man, was given his platform, along with other notable civil rights leaders by folks at the Highlander folk school, who molded him and his movement into a non violent integration and consumer rights movement. They are also the ones who created “We Shall Over Come” as the anthem of the movement, something stolen from a more enduring gospel battle hymn “I will overcome” by Charles Albert Tindley. This ideology is completely against the ideals like those found in the Garvey movement which taught black independence and do for self.

    This action of this woman makes sense to these kinds of people and she in many ways is no different ideologically than many of her black fraternal brothers and sisters because they uphold “Greek” life and culture or in reality white society and culture as a whole in awe and put it on a pedestal to emulate. And therein lies the problem. I mean she looks like a splitting image of most black females in “Greek” life, right down to the fake straight wanna be white hair which is almost MANDATORY for most black female pledges, not to mention the signature look for folks like the AKAs who aften show off shaking their fake pretty girl hair. Heck she looks like some mixed chick with all the primping she has done to herself in this picture.

    Therefore to folks with this mindset, this represents leadership in that they are boldly assimilating into areas no black folks have gone before and taking the abuse and punishment that goes with it. Now if they could put courage and energy like that into building institutions and economic systems that actually benefit black folks without having to suck up and try to integrate, that would be 100% better. Just like if black folks had spent the last 50 years building an actual community and society with functioning institutions and an economic system of their own they would be 100% better. But they don’t and that is the crux of the issue. And this is why 50 years after civil rights the black community and society is as fractured and in as much disarray as it has ever been.

  • Marisa

    One word BACKTRACKING is ALL this is and good luck to those sistas that want to break through, and be involved with environments that keep declaring they want no part of us being involved with them. Good luck ladies because your going to need it.