Jezebel has framed the belated attempt by the SGA to recover from its recent legislative faux pas in a story “Alabama Greek System Wants a Cookie for Accepting a Few Blacks.”
University of Alabama’s student government recently agreed to desegregate their Greek sororities and fraternities. Good job, guys! Also, you do know it’s 2014, right?
Last week the school’s student government voted on a measure, originally blocked in March, to integrate Alabama’s fraternities and sororities. Katie Smith, a student senator who wrote the resolution’s early draft according to the Huffington Post, says a campus group called “The Machine” worked to keep the school’s clubs racially segregated through their powerful control Greek society.
This retro-nightmare was Alabama student government president Hamilton Bloom’s first dalliance with a controversial measure. He was reportedly backed by The Machine — and perhaps paid? — for his position.
“I believe the resolution passed tonight is a great solution,” Bloom said in a statement Thursday. “My administration and I are dedicated to seeing and encouraging results in the integration of both fraternities and sororities, and I believe the resolution passed tonight, in addition to the Diversity Caucus which will be introduced soon, are incredible first steps.”
Listen: These kids do not get a cookie for doing something their student body should’ve done in 1963. This is why minorities get so upset — old paradigms like segregation should not be something that still needs to be legislated, and certainly not at the collegiate level nor at the very school where President Kennedy sent the National Guard to reel in the racists so black students could integrate UA’s classrooms in 1963.
Furthermore, would you want anyone associated with revoking this “bill” or The Machine working for or interning beside you? I wouldn’t. They’re still trying to climb their way out of the background scenes of Forrest Gump.
As much as residents of Southern states like this want to say times have changed, UA is upholding the biggest stereotype of all: that they long for the old days and are fighting tooth and nail to keep the nostalgia alive.
Alabama’s flagship university, sometimes called The Capstone, is ruled by a bunch of redneck, racist rubes. They don’t cotton to criticism, whether it’s in the letter from a student’s mother or in Jezebel. It’s really too bad that most students at the University don’t seem to mind being tarnished by association.