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Posted: March 27, 2014

‘Bama sororities dodge call to integrate


By George Mathis

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The University of Alabama welcomes black athletes with open arms.

Black sorority girls get the cold shoulder.

The student newspaper, The Crimson White (I did not make that name up), says a non-binding measure supporting the integration of sororities was sent back to a student Senate committee by a 27-5 vote. Since the resolution was introduced on the last day of the session, the vote effectively shelved it until a new student government convenes.

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Alabama sororities were criticized last fall when it was reported two potential black members were not invited to join all-white sororities because of pressure from alumnae, and in one case, an adviser. Four black students did join white sororities, but some believe more could be done to promote Greek diversity.

A sponsor of the resolution said it failed because student government members who are part of the Greek system voted against it.

“I think ultimately the reason that it failed to pass was it gave the impression … that maybe we were attempting to disparage the Greek community, you know, which wasn’t the case,” Chisholm Allenlundy said. “Ultimately, the resolution was to just encourage further integration based on diversity, specifically racial diversity on our campus, which I think a lot of people would agree with.”

I read the resolution and it only says the segregated Greek system has attracted “unfavorable media attention,” which is true.

The Crimson White article doesn’t include any comments from those who voted to send the resolution back to committee, nor does it ask Allenlundy why the resolution’s authors waited until the last day of the session to introduce it.

Another sponsor of the resolution told The Huffington Post she was warned by “The Machine” that introducing the resolution would cost her politically in the future.

Meanwhile, one Alabama safety is projected to go in the first or second round of the NFL draft. He was probably accepted anywhere he went on campus.

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