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12:08 PM on 09/22/2013
Lets continue putting facts out here instead of trying to turn this into "dont they do this too".
Fact:
In 1949 Mrs. Marjorie T. Ware and Miss Olive Young became the first two white
women initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Both members attributed their
choice of membership in the black sorority to their belief in human rights and racial
integration. In 1953 at the University of Kansas, a white man named Roger L.
Youmans pledged Alpha Phi Alpha and moved into the Fraternity house during the
next fall semester. After Youmans gained media attention for his move, a cross was
burned on the front lawn of the fraternity house (Associated Press 1953b, p. 2).
12:05 PM on 09/22/2013
I guess I will have to keep citing fact to people stating false statements about Black Greek Letter Organizations. They have been inclusive for years. As I read the comments in this thread the people who think BLGOs have been discriminatory are just plain old wrong and refuse to even google the subject for facts. They either are just lazy or commenting to get a rise out of people,
Fact:

However, while many white Greek organizations were excluding black members,
BGLOs were breaking the color-line. Alpha Phi Alpha pledged Bernard Levin, a white
senior at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry on 21 June 1946 (Mims 1946).
The significant break in the all-Negro membership of Alpha Phi Alpha served
to expose once again to public view the social snobbery and racial bigotry of
most of America’s 80 fraternities...Negro societies, as well as white, have been
guilty of racial membership restructions. The idea of a white man joining a
Negro fraternity was not without opposition in the Chicago Theta chapter of
Alpha Phi Alpha. Pledging a white student, the opposition maintained, would
violate an ancient Alpha tradition of seeking recruits from the cream of collegebred Negroes. Supporters of the admission of Bernard Levin attacked these
arguments as smug bigotry. To oppose creation of an interracial fraternity
amounted to justifying Jim Crow, they said. After hours of heated wrangling,
the interracialists finally triumphed and Levin was pledged (Ebony Staff Writer
1946, pp. 24, 26).
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VA Jill
I'm not perfect and neither are you
11:39 AM on 09/22/2013
The problem with the sororities at Alabama, and I presume at other universities around the south and probably around the country, is that a committee of alumnae is required to approve the admission of each pledge. THEY are the ones that repeatedly turned down the African-American girls, not the current members, who approved the girls for admission. I am appalled but not surprised that fact was left out.
12:52 PM on 09/23/2013
I was in a sorority and our alumnae did not approve or disapprove of new pledges. They had nothing to do with it.
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EvaluatingItAll
01:20 PM on 09/23/2013
For many organizations "nationals" is required to approve the qualifications of potential members, e.g., GPA, class standing (some schools do not allow freshmen to pledge); references, etc. You do not want to depend on 19 year olds to properly vet members.
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VA Jill
I'm not perfect and neither are you
02:25 PM on 09/23/2013
Maybe not in your sorority, but in a lot they do, and in the one that precipitated this fight, that was the case.
10:43 AM on 09/22/2013
How about the secret organizations and fraternities that are at college and universities? These are very powerful and their influence reaches far. Do the universities and government have any control over them? I would say not. You have not seen anything in the media about these organizations.
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Justice-Reason
Proud Episcopalian and Democrat from Dixie.
11:31 AM on 09/23/2013
They do not exist.
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svwalker
09:30 AM on 09/22/2013
Kudos to the young progressive students and sorority girls that spoke out about the unspoken tradition of racial discrimination. My initial comment on HP misjudged you and I apologize. It was not you, but older folk of my generation. Kudos to you for taking the lead and getting these barriers struck down. I hope that all of you have a successful school year and some fun as well.
You have make the University a better place. You have made the country a better place. Thank you so very much....you renew my hope about the changes yet to come with your generation.
10:52 AM on 09/22/2013
Well said, svwalker!
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WARHUKKER
“My country, right or wrong
07:51 AM on 09/22/2013
When will the Congressional Black Caucus admit Whites?
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shothot
same, same, but different
11:44 PM on 09/22/2013
When will whites want to join?
10:38 AM on 09/23/2013
I kno ryt
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WARHUKKER
“My country, right or wrong
06:50 PM on 09/23/2013
Cohen of TN was denied membership by CBC based on being White,he replaced Harold Ford Jr,Google it.
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TLKelly
Im a nerd. I hack. I code.
08:38 AM on 09/23/2013
Whites will join the Congressional Black caucus when they take a sincere and genuine interest in legislating for and on behalf of the Black Community and their specific interests.

Tell us when have you seen any white people democrat or republican clammoring to be apart of the CBC?

They don't.
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02:54 AM on 09/22/2013
I think we make a mistake to assume that the girls in the historically white sororities are all open and overt racists. When we picture racism as something only extremely prejudiced people take part in, we miss the larger picture of the everyday segregation many of us experience and some never question. I imagine most of the sorority girls are like many other white people in America who oppose gross acts of racism but find ourselves living among others that are more "like us" than not.

I want to make it abundantly clear that I understand that historical, and current, racism is at the root of these separate lives, and also that a good number of Americans live in very diverse communities now, but I don't believe that all places that are predominantly inhabited by whites are because they actively don't want to be around people of color. It is much more likely to me that part of white privilege is not having to acknowledge our separateness or to feel the obligation to take on the challenges to change.

This effort towards inclusiveness will not immediately change the world but I hope the young women who participate, regardless of their color, come to believe change is possible and carry on in their post college lives to make it so.
10:53 AM on 09/22/2013
Perfectly stated, Melecali!
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shothot
same, same, but different
11:49 PM on 09/22/2013
Very intuitive and necessary phrase, "the challenge to change." With that, we could change the whole world.
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ApprxAm
02:13 AM on 09/22/2013
Symbolism cost nothing. Enjoy.
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One more Thing
01:14 AM on 09/22/2013
It will be interesting to compare white and black snobbery close up!
11:12 PM on 09/21/2013
It is the American madness. There is no way to explain it and the cure is a long and torturous road that few are willing to take.
Can you imagine what perseverance it has taken for those White Sororities and fraternities to have carried their racist burden for all this time.
It is a burden for the White folks because it takes a great deal of ignorance to ignore reality as long and they have. God bless them as the fade in to obscurity.
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Dr Alexander Hamilton
11:10 PM on 09/21/2013
Life is a series of club memberships. Stop spending your life trying to join club after club. Clubbers get a certain sense of satisfaction of belonging to something exclusively that others do not. Narcissistic at best. Take it from a former clubber, the universe already equipped you with everything you need.
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SBinF
08:34 AM on 09/22/2013
Life is all about club memberships. It is quite often whom you know more than what, which gets you a job.
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09:18 AM on 09/22/2013
SBinF....You summed it up nicely.
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LeeBessToad
Mild und leise wie er lächelt
10:41 AM on 09/22/2013
And your 3rd or 4th trophy wife.
09:19 AM on 09/22/2013
thank you, thank you... i am 78 yrs old black man and you are so right. the bottom line is that racism in no way over just look how they treat our president.
trust me racism is still much alive i am a retired truck driver i know first hand.
we need to stick together ever other race do.
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ApprxAm
10:41 PM on 09/21/2013
Congratulations!

So when you don't get the White hook up at a job...lawsuit?
01:32 AM on 09/22/2013
It was the white members who complained and brought attention to this. Sue them if you like, but I have no idea what your problem is with them for doing the right thing.
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ApprxAm
02:08 AM on 09/22/2013
You are boring
09:20 AM on 09/22/2013
you are blind.
Divine thought
hate knows that love's the cure
12:20 PM on 09/22/2013
Thank God I have never needed or wanted a "white hookup for a job".
10:08 PM on 09/21/2013
I'm Japanese and Black. I attended a northern Calif university and went through the sorority pledge process as a sophomore twenty years ago. I received invitations to join three white sororities. Of the three who extended invitations to me, one was predominately blonde; another was a bit geeky; and the third had the right mix of brains and social skills. I knew women at all three groups, but I joined the third sorority which had an African American, a few Asian Americans and one Latina. The rest of the 50 or so were Caucasian. In the time I spent with these women, there was only one racial incident. A girl from Texas said in her southern drawl, "Oh, my daddy wouldn't like you!!" in front of a small group of "sisters." They seemed shocked, and I said in the same drawl, "Well, I probably wouldn't like your daddy!!" That made everyone laugh, and we stayed clear of each other after that. I met wonderful people through my sorority. We had charity activities where I learned about volunteerism which stayed with me all these years. I made life-long friends, and I hope I taught them something about people, especially minorities. I still keep in touch with my white "big sister" and my Asian "little sister." I've lived internationally and have met strangers who turned out to be alumni members from other schools. I'm not rah rah sorority girl, but I certainly benefit from being a member.
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Rmchairphilo
09:49 PM on 09/21/2013
Sororities are not a necessity in life, like schools and jobs. Plus, there are plenty of historic, successful black sororities, so I don't understand why ANYONE would be so anxious to be a member of an organization that looks down on them and only invited them because they were pressured to. No thanks.
09:29 PM on 09/21/2013
You know what, change has to start somewhere. Alabama has always been behind as far as race issues and it's a shame in 2013 we have to have this argument, but I applaud those sororities for recognizing an issue and trying to deal with it as best they can. Hopefully in another 50 years this issues won't be an issue anymore, until then all we can do is take baby steps. It's going to take work from both blacks and whites to make this 'issue' irrelevant but this is a step toward change and shouldn't be spat on or deemed as insignificant because it's not.