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September 13th, 2013
09:26 PM ET

Accusations of racism at Alabama sorority

OutFront UPDATE: After an investigation into a discrimination case involving a University of Alabama sorority, the university orders an end to the segregated sorority system.

“At Alpha Gamma Delta, we have strong, clear policies about recruitment processes and against discrimination,” said International President, Jackie Brannon Stutts. “We have taken this seriously, investigated and intervened appropriately. We are saddened by the events that occurred and the impact made on collegiate women at the University of Alabama.”

A Message from Dr. Judy Bonner from The University of Alabama on Vimeo.

A University of Alabama sorority is under fire over whether a potential candidate was rejected because she is black.

Do the charges add up?

Our Alina Machado is Outfront in Tuscaloosa with the story.


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  1. Daniella

    It's not just racism against black people it's racism against Jewish people as well. I was the subject of being black balled by all-white sororities except for the Jewish sorority at U of A in 2002. Imagine how that could feel to an 18-year-old.

    September 16, 2013 at 9:29 am | Reply
  2. Pam Grimes

    I was an Alpha Gam at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL (Our chapter is no longer there.). It was a small Methodist College with no blacks. It was the late '60s, early 70s and black students went to Bethune Cookman College, for the most part. We were not popular girls like in "Legally Blonde", in fact, although we had some pretty girls, most of the frat guys considered us "dogs". Around 1970, 2 black girls came there, They were cousins who had their own clothing business, for friends and relatives. One was interested in joining, and we were up for it. Our alum advisors were horrified. They said we would not be popular on campus, but we reminded them that we weren't anyway, and we liked this girl. However, there was one sister who sat and quietly cried. Our house had 2 sides, divided by a living room. She said she would do what ever we wanted and that she would never be mean to the girl. However, due to her upbringing, she could just not live on the same side of the house nor could she eat at our cafeteria table at the same time. So, we gave in and did not offer the girl a bid. Sad that we have not come further in 43 years!. But are they private organizations and by paying my dues, do I have a right to pick and choose who is part of the group?????? Just wondering.

    September 14, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Reply

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