Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

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The other day in class we began talking about the aspect of the lack of minorities in Panhellenic sororities.  I felt like some people began attacking a girl in a sorority, asking her all of these questions about why this is so.  The fact of the matter is she is most likely not going to know.  She is not in charge of the recrutiment process, meaning she does not know who is allowed  and not.  I think that it is sad that even with the subject of fraternities and sororities that the students in our school are so segregated, but at the same time those groups are meant for you to be around people that you are comfortable with and that you get along with. I do think that if some of these groups were less segregated then people would get to know each other based on their personalities rather than judging them based on their skin color.

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Written by tjurgonski

February 13, 2010 at 7:59 pm

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  1. Maybe she knew fully why segragation like this takes place in panhellenic soroities. I do agree that she was starting to be attacked but you can’t always believe that these people are unaware of behavior like this. I was once told, by a white girl, that they rather would have their own kind, meaning white, join their sororities and that encouraging other races to join is only to make them look somewhat “diverse”. White people do tend to ignore anything that deals with race and the only time they do face it is when they absolutely have to. I fully understand what you are saying but even though she is not apart of the recruiting process, she could still be aware of the type of people that does get recruited.

    alyssa1965

    February 13, 2010 at 9:19 pm

  2. I feel that many people were focusing their attention on the recruiting process, as if they filter out individuals from other backgrounds. On the other hand, I feel that many students simply tend to gravitate towards people they feel more comfortable with, which is usually people of a similar ‘race’. If individuals do prefer a more diverse setting, they do have multicultural sororities/fraternities as an option.

    elianita514

    February 14, 2010 at 12:16 am

  3. Coming from being in a multi-cultural sorority, I do believe it all comes down to who you are comfortable with being around. However, hearing that a girl in a pan-hellenic sorority made the statement that they would rather have their own kind, rather than promote diversity is kind of offensive to me- and I’m white. I feel that statement, in itself, is ignorant, because yeah an individual might join a PC sorority because thats what they gravitate towards for comfort, but to bluntly say they do not want to expand their knowledge upon other cultures and races is simply inconsiderate.

    lp0812

    February 14, 2010 at 12:27 am

    • If minorites are not applying to be in the sorority, then fine. Obviously, it will remain an all-white sorority There are sororities that are all black. I doubt that they have a policy that requires that it remain that way. However, if the sorority, or the majority of the people who are in the sorority simply don’t want to see something new, that is pretty ignorant. People should understand that being exclusive can end up being mean, but it would be hard to really do anything about it. What if the sorority girl in class was denied entrance into another sorority because they considered her unattractive? She couldn’t really say, “oh, you’re discriminating against me.” They have the right to let in whoever they want. They’d just say, “well, you don’t fit our standards,” or whatever other b.s. answer they wanted to use, when the reality would be that they really just wanted to maintain their “beautiful” image. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the way it is.

      chrissybear

      February 14, 2010 at 2:03 am

  4. I did not agree with the fact that she was attack by the class. She did admit they were segregated but it really is not her fault. Sororities and Fraternities have been this way since the beginning. I think of it the same way as joining a group made of girls. This does not mean I am sexist, it just mean I want to be part of something that is provide me an opportunity to be with people that are like me and I do not have to try hard to be something I am not.

    emefad

    February 15, 2010 at 1:47 am


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