In response to a racially offensive Snap Shot post by a member of the Chi Omega University of Alabama President Judy Bonner sent the following email:
As many of you already know, one of our students posted a photo on Snap Chat on Saturday afternoon that included particularly offensive racial language. I immediately asked the Office of Student Conduct to conduct a full investigation and was assured by the national Chi Omega headquarters that they had already begun an investigation of their own. There will be appropriate University consequences once our investigation is completed. These consequences will be in addition to any sanctions Chi Omega’s national officers decide to impose.
We are all extremely disappointed when any student uses language that is disrespectful or offensive to any segment of the UA community. We are especially sad that this incident occurred on a day that was an exciting and happy one for the young women who participated in fall recruitment.
Behavior, actions and choices that disparage other students are particularly reprehensible and do not represent the values or meet the expectations of our University community. UA and the members of our Panhellenic sororities took great strides forward on bid day by pledging a diverse group of young women that included 21 African American members. The results of bid day and the dedication of hundreds of students, employees and alumni who worked extremely hard this past year to achieve the important and significant milestones UA reached on bid day cannot and should not be dismissed or minimized.
I want to assure you that The University of Alabama will not allow this incident to interrupt our progress. We will continue to work diligently and with a renewed commitment to make sure that UA is a welcoming and inclusive campus every day of the week.
The Chi Omegas are known for their rush advisor, Emily Jamison (Director of the U of A President’s and Chancellor’s events) who allegedly was instrumental in the Chi Omegas dropping their one black recruit in last year’s rush. A 2013 story in The Crimson White reported that a member of Chi Omega, who asked to remain anonymous, said “‘I know [the recruit] got perfect scores from the people in chapter the first day, and she got cut after the first day and I know it had to do with our advisor – is the one that dropped her,’ the Chi Omega member said. ‘Her name is Emily Jamison.’”
The Chi Omegas were also one of the sororities that was implicated in the votes-for-booze scandal where Greeks were reputed to have been offered free drinks when they voted for candidates who had a Machine affiliation in last year’s Tuscaloosa School Board race.
The media was blocked from this year’s sorority rush according to The Daily Caller‘s article “After Last Year’s Racist Debacle, University Of Alabama Now BLOCKS PRESS From Sorority Rush“
Sometimes it’s hard to keep racism under wraps.
Maybe Judy Bonner will learn someday?
A reader of this blog pointed out: “The article speaks for itself, but FYI, the photo of the sorority showing up on FB feeds is not of Chi Omega, it is of Alpha Chi Omega. Two different sororities. Please strive for accuracy and change that photo to the proper group because now you are dragging another group of women through the mud.”
The image attached to the Facebook feeds unfortunately can’t be changed. With a 1% total record for pledging blacks the University of Alabama’s sororities are all wallowing in the mud. If Alpha Chi Omega did a little better its woman are certainly stomping a little less in the mud.