It seems like every week there's another viral sorority girl scandal, and another episode that highlights the institutional racism and disgusting personal biases that have existed in this country since its founding. This recent story is two for the price of one.
At Southern Methodist University in Texas, where less than 1% of the freshman population is black, a thread on the message board GreekRank about sorority recruitment was less fun and flirty than it was hate speech. Reading like the ruling of Plessy vs. Ferguson, a bunch of sisters came together to preach segregation when it comes to sorority life on campus.
The original poster wrote:
This is the south (hence SOUTHERN Methodist University), and a majority of girls are legacies with strong ties to the chapters they join (or will join), and tend to come from old money.
The reality is is that black pnms are often unqualified for recruitment (low GPA, bad grades, not involved on campus, know nothing about the houses) and are heavily unprepared (no letters of recommendations or letters of support) and generally come from a completely different background (impoverished lower class).
So going through recruitment is 10x tougher as a black woman, and you will have to work harder than other white, Asian, Hispanic or foreign women.
I know someone asked about it and this is a hot topic on YY, but it's the truth. people can deny and act like the houses are flooded with black girls, but they aren't.
A commenter chimed in to heighten the thread to hate crime with an itemized list of racist stereotypes:
Reasons black women do not and will not get bids:
1) Y'all are racist and have your own sororities and fraternities. Y'all created them, so how about utilizing them?
2) Y'all are aesthetically unpleasing to the eye for both actives and the fraternity men we associate with. No, we don't want to be the house that took "the black" and end up like Gamma Phi, where guys avoid them like the plague. Sorry, but looks matter.
3) Ya'll never have letters of recommendation or support
4) Y'all have no in house connections
5) Y'all go to crappy high schools and generally don't deserve to even be at SMU to begin with
6) Your personalities suck
7) Y'all are boring to talk to
8) Not wealthy
9) Don't put in any effort, yet expect us to want you
10) No incentives for bidding you, other than looking diverse.
Why do black women think they're entitled to joining OUR sororities? Honestly, this puts us off from y'all even more.
The commenter "Black Debutante" wrote in to point out the real people who are going to have a bleak future:
Poor girl, you actually sound a little threatened by the black women who are pledging. As an alum...who is in a predominately white sorority, I brought just as much (and in some cases MORE) than other girls in our house. Aside from my stellar recs and being valedictorian at my high school, I and others have an incredible lineage. Maybe you should depend a little less time generalizing a segment of the population and more time enriching your own life. Frankly, I am not trying to change your views, because clearly you are this way for a reason. But making blanket statements about a group of people simply makes you look like the ignorant one and not those you are targeting. Good luck to you-sounds like you are definitely going to need it, Sweetie.
Alison W. wanted to clarify that #NotAllSororityGirls are racist and that SMUgate is the exception, not the rule:
To the sorority woman who wrote this post: you do not deserve to be a Panhellenic woman. I am a gamma phi beta. I am a beautiful woman. To your concern of how you look to men, I also probably get more action than you do.
My black sisters are amazing people. I know amazing and inspiring black women who are accomplished artists, teachers, engineers, writers, and doctors.
My sorority accepts women of color with excitement.
Realize that MGC and national Panhellenic councils exist because white people are racist. Not because people of color were racist. Panhellenic did not allow women of color so the council was created.
Now we do. So my sorority gladly takes advantage of this extremely positive development.
Oh and by the way. Your sorority exists because of Gamma Phi Beta, the first ever sorority because all women were not allowed to join fraternities. So we created our own. Our meetings were forbidden. So we had them in secret. Hope your enjoying your sorority life thanks to us.
Good luck on recruitment. You just openly made your own sorority look terrible.
People are skeptical about whether or not the first posts were real, becausethey're just so overtly horrible. Here's hoping that the posters were trolls and that this thread is as fake as the rest of sorority life. But still: the fact that this could plausibly be real is scary.