Want to pledge a Panhellenic sorority at the University of Alabama? Are you Black? Well…you can’t. The sorority advisers and alumnae recently stopped a couple of Black students who were pledging Alpha Delta Gamma during recruitment week. Members of the sorority were told they couldn’t vote for the new members because the chapter had already made the cut. The girls protested, but despite the recruit having an amazing 4.3 GPA, being the salutatorian of her graduating class and coming from a family with deep roots in local and state public service and a direct link to The University of Alabama, she wasn’t considered to join because she is Black.
One of the current members, Melanie Gotz asked, “Are we really not going to talk about the black girl?” The Crimson White is reporting, “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.”
“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’s 2013! Why are we still defined by color lines?