The One-Percent Solution?

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Has Southern Change come at last to the University of Alabama’s Greek System?

…not according to Deborah M. Lane, Associate Vice president for University Relations. In an Associated Press report, Lane said all pledges who identified themselves as black received a bid to join a sorority. Still, she said:  

“We have not reached our destination.”

The AP report gave details about the most recent sorority recruitment.

“Annual recruitment has ended for sororities at the University of Alabama with black women making up just 1 percent of new members.

“The university released a breakdown of the 2014 sorority pledge class Saturday amid questions over whether the groups accept blacks as new members. Its numbers showed 2,054 women accepted bids to join sororities. Of those, 190 were minorities — including 21 black women.”

Alabama lyrics by Neil Young:

Oh, Alabama
The devil fools with the best laid plan
Swing low Alabama

You got the spare change
You got to feel strange
And now the moment is all that it meant

Alabama, you got the weight on your shoulders
That’s breaking your back
Your Cadillac has got a wheel in the ditch
And a wheel on the track

Oh, Alabama
Banjos playing through the broken glass
Windows down in Alabama

See the old folks tied in white ropes
Hear the banjo
Don’t it take you down home?

Alabama, you got the weight on your shoulders
That’s breaking your back
Your Cadillac has got a wheel in the ditch
And a wheel on the track

Oh Alabama
Can I see you and shake your hand?
Make friends down in Alabama

I’m from a new land
I come to you and see all this ruin
What are you doing Alabama?
You got the rest of the union to help you along
What’s going wrong?

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