Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

sororities/fraternities

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So I am doing the movie review paper on Stomp the Yard, and in the process of writing my paper i began to question the Greek system.  Why is it that our Greek system is so split up, and not just split up female/male, but split up by race?  We have come so far from segregation, and college is seen as the highest level of education.  Therefore why is it that in the highest places of education, we allow segregation go on in our fraternities and sororities.  It is almost like we as a student body are encouraging as well as being encouraged to group ourselves with our own race.

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Written by jeanliiping

March 16, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Being in a fraternity myself, I do not feel as though we try to segregate ourselves, it just kind of happens. During our rush week we welcome everyone into our house and treat everyone with the same respect. I wouldn’t say that we hand out more bids to whites than to Hispanics or blacks on purpose as a means of segregation, whites are just more likely to come to our house than anyone else. I would imagine that they would choose to rush the multicultural fraternities or whereever they felt most comfortable just like I did when I rushed.

    mvmia16

    March 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm

  2. Well the Divine 9 are historically black fraternities and sororities, and they are mostly composed of African American students. I think that fraternities and sororities are mostly split up by race, because of the different cultures. When someone white wants to pledge a historically black fraternity or sorority they should expect for to be involved in a lot of black history events, and be prepared to give plenty of credit and thanks to the black founders and important blacks throughout history. Many whites do not consider themselves apart of black culture so they choose not to pledge any of the divine 9.

    medusmango

    March 17, 2010 at 2:29 pm

  3. Being in a Panhellenic sorority I do agree it is very segregated. However, during rush week, 95% of the girls who rushed were white. Therefore, I believe that many minorities are not interested in being apart of Panhellenic sororities more so than sororities discriminated against minorities.

    amgostigian

    March 17, 2010 at 6:14 pm

  4. The Divine 9 came about because African Americans initially were not allowed to participate in the Greek life with whites. And personally I think a lot of African Americans would not even think of pledging in a Panhellenic sorority/fraternity because they don’t feel welcome or think they may be treated weird (even when that isn’t the case). Also, the activities and goals and general purpose of the Divine 9 is very different from Panhellenic organizations. So I think it is a combination of these (along with other) factors that make them so completely segregated.

    mzlisarenee

    March 18, 2010 at 5:08 am

  5. frats and sororities both panhellenic and national panhellenic are segregated. There is a major difference between the two though which is why i feel they are so segregated. I feel as if the divine nine tells you more about a persons personality and its more than just joining a frat/ sorority because u want to be greek or u want something on your resume. with the divine nine you are apart of that particular organization forever. where as in panhellenic you probably won’t do anything associated with this group after you grauate from college.

    gwendo89

    March 18, 2010 at 4:23 pm

  6. I think most people stick with fraternities/sororities of their own race because they feel more comfortable with them. Although the fraternities/sororities are segregated i believe that it has stayed this way because of the tradition that these fraternities/sororities have. I dont think that they are purposely segregated but because it has been this way for so long these frats/sororities just continue the tradition.

    bmcdaniel91

    March 18, 2010 at 7:04 pm

  7. Being in a Panhellenic sorority myself I can tell you that the bonds of joining the sisterhood last after you graduate from college. There are national alumnae associations everywhere. Sororities do more then just hang out with fraternities. We have ritual and learn about the history of our sisterhood. Just because multicultural organizations are more open with their statement does not mean that they are more noble or are more in touch with certain values.

    amgostigian

    March 19, 2010 at 5:32 pm


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