Thinking about yesterday makes me a little sick.
I’ve been meaning to keep up with my blog, but homework and college life popped up and I never created the discipline necessary for a solid blog. But after the slight train wreck that was yesterday, I need to share my thoughts.
It started yesterday morning with the email I opened acknowledging Bear Bryant’s 100th birthday, and the song being played on Denny Chimes in his honor. I’m all about the Bear, his legend, and his houndstooth swag, but then when nothing followed with info on a moment of silence, and the quad was barren of extra American flags in honor of September 11th, I started feeling a little out of place.
I hadn’t really felt homesick until yesterday when I realized that 9/11 was really, for the most part, something people here watched on the news and learned about later on in history or government class. At home, 9/11 is a big, big deal, and I felt a little bit alone in my remembrance.
Then, a (metaphorical) bomb hit campus.
If you don’t read BuzzFeed, USA Today, Total Frat Move, CNN, or follow me on Twitter, you’ll probably hear about it soon enough. The Crimson White, our campus newspaper, published an incredible piece of journalism…about segregation in our Greek system here on campus. You can read the article here: http://cw.ua.edu/2013/09/11/the-final-barrier-50-years-later-segregation-still-exists/.
It makes me both livid and a little sick that this is even a problem. I understand that I am independent of the Greek System, and am from the northeast, but this is 2013. People are people, and traditions can
and must change. And the four houses named are not the only ones involved; all 16 sororities are. But the fact that alumnae are threatening to stop funding the houses, that the reputation of houses will go down if they allow a girl, despite her academic accomplishments and personality, with black skin in, is honestly just sad, and entirely a culture shock to me.
I seriously considered rushing this fall
—and was even thinking about rushing this spring — but there are crucial (lawbreaking) flaws in this so-hallowed system. Organizations cannot exclude people because of their race, and the University cannot turn its back on the matter. Two of my best friends here at UA are sorority women (are not racist,) and are fantastic students and people. If more well-rounded women would get involved and stand for what’s right, this barrier can be broken, tradition, politics, and red tape aside.
So now, as CNN and other media are flocking Tuscaloosa, I can only hope that people reflect and think about what’s happening here.
I love my school, but I am embarrassed.