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University of Alabama Keeps Segregation Alive in the Deep South

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Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke calls for an end to racism at a southern institution of higher learning.

Whenever people accuse me of playing the race card, I come across a new story that proves whites still view blacks as second-class citizens. Consider what happened at the University of Alabama last week, when the student government sabotaged a vote that would have forced fraternities and sororities to accept African-Americans and other minorities.

According to various media accounts, the student senate voted 27-5 to kill the measure before it was even heard. Some of the senators didn't want to upset the school's Greek organizations.

They should have been more concerned about the awful record of inclusion by University of Alabama frats and sororities. Since the school was founded in 1836, only one black woman has been accepted into a sorority. Last summer, all 19 sororities rejected another black female student. The young lady certainly had the credentials. She had a 4.3 GPA in high school and was salutatorian of her graduating class. It's disturbing that racism still exists at the university where a racist governor, George Wallace, blocked two black students from entering in defiance of a 1963 federal court order desegregating the school.

University of Alabama administrators should not allow such blatant discrimination at a state-funded institution of higher learning -- especially when the frat boys and sorority girls rejecting black people from their societies fill Bryant-Denny Stadium to cheer for a Crimson Tide football team that is 80 percent black. Maybe school officials should stop letting Greek members attend games for free until they clean up their act.

Of course, if the football players start giving the black power salute every time the team scores a touchdown, they would be accused of trying to incite a riot. If they took it a step further by refusing to participate in athletic events, the players would be criticized for harming the great University of Alabama.

But someone has to take a stand against fraternities and sororities excluding people based on their skin color. Until then, white students at schools like Alabama will continue acting like it's 1963.

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14 comments
frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

....................i just don't understand WHO WOULD WANT TO join a club or have a membership where they are NOT WANTED


even IF i got into augusta national golf club by some bizarre event i would not want it because those are not my people not my friends and not ever going to be = period


i get it - it is NOT right - but human nature is what it is and alabama WHITEs do not mix with BLACKs not yesterday not today and not tomorrow

Caterina Pacheco Moniz
Caterina Pacheco Moniz

Not only Alabama but all campuses. And what about black sororities and fraternities. Do they need to abide by the same code?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

................dude,  it's alabama, what do you expect ?

Veronica Wade
Veronica Wade

No they should not. You can not dictate who an organization, that has its own acceptance requirements, can or can not accept.

FatHand
FatHand

I'm not always a fan of Luke's columns, be he is spot on here. The University of Alabama should be embarrassed (but I'm guessing they're not).

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Well, I'd be more inclined to view this as posturing if it wasn't for the fact that the TEAM itself is largely African American. What message is being sent here exactly? It's OKAY to cheer for players but sororities and fraternities feel a need to exclude deserving candidates on the basis of skin color? Doesn't this smell like hypocrisy? Cuz it sure does smell exactly like hypocrisy to me.

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Btw, how does one get a 4.3 gpa ? An A is a 4.0. Stop making up achievements to make your children better & smarter than another A student. It's pretty pathetic to be honest ? You have to take gpa with some skepticism these days ?

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

I don't get it, if someone hates, the best thing to do is make them be your friend ? SMH, this isn't an office building, it's a frat house ?

Anthôny 'Cho' Quìñonës
Anthôny 'Cho' Quìñonës

Uncle Luke usually does play the race card, except this time it's actually justifiable. It's mind-boggling that such things still occur in the "great" USA of today.

Robert H Weber III
Robert H Weber III

It's a pervasive practice that still runs rampant at most state universities throughout the south, not just Bama...

j.pollo
j.pollo

April Fool joke, right? Why would you want to be in a fraternity where you're not wanted?

edisontvteacher
edisontvteacher

There are two forms of GPA: weighted and unweighted. A student can have a GPA above 4.0 by taking college-level, advanced-placement and 

honors classes. Your ignorance is pretty pathetic, to be honest. 

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