Friday, September 27, 2013

University of Alabama Struggles with Racism

           Over the past several weeks, stories have gone viral about the University of Alabama’s struggle with racism within social sororities. The issue began several weeks ago with the “formal recruitment” process when several African American girls were not offered bids to sororities due to the color of their skin. The issue was discovered when several sorority members spoke up that their alumnae had prohibited them from inviting African American girls to join their sororities. The issue has since been resolved through the university president and sororities re-opening rush and offering bids to those girls who were originally turned away.
            This story particularly speaks to my heart because my best friend from high school is one of those girls who was cut from every sorority. I was able to speak with her throughout the process and I gained a little insight to how it feels to be discriminated against. She and I both found it very discouraging that she was equally as qualified as other girls, yet she was simply looked over and gotten rid of. Had it not been for the girls in the sororities speaking out about their alumnae, the discrimination would continue today. However, the girls did speak up and my friend was able to join a newly integrated sorority. I am happy to know that there are people still fighting for what is right, and I am proud to have a friend that is making history each day.
            Technology played a key role in the discovery and resolution of the issue. The news clips and articles spread like wildfire, and helped to speed up the process of making things right. Without technology, it is quite possible that we would never have learned about the issue in the first place. In this case, technology benefited both the women at the University of Alabama and the people of the United States, as this is one step closer to equality for all.

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