University of Alabama has finally stepped into the 21st century and voted to authorize the integration of their fraternities and sororities. Over the last year, Alabama’s archaic fraternity and sorority system has come under fire.
Last September four traditionally white sororities blocked two black women from pledging. Members of Alpha Gamma Delta, Tri Delta, Chi Omega and Pi Beta Phi didn’t want to tarnish their “history” by offering bids to the black women in question. Unlike the white Greek system, the National Pan-Hellenic system at the university has already been integrated. According to a 2011 article in The Crimson White, Zeta Phi Beta pledged white member Eve Dempsey in the spring of 2007, after integrating in the 1980s.
“Obviously, I would have liked to have seen it pass,” Allenlundy said. “I think it was important, more than anything, because of how quiet the Student Government Association has been on this whole issue throughout the year.”
Segregation at Alabama was somewhat of an unspoken rule, but now the new rules can prevent all-white sororities and fraternities at the school.
“I believe the resolution passed tonight is a great solution,” Student Government Association president Hamilton Bloom said in the statement. “My administration and I are dedicated to seeing and encouraging results in the integration of both fraternities and sororities, and I believe the resolution passed tonight, in addition to the Diversity Caucus which will be introduced soon, are incredible first steps.”
But of course nothing changes overnight. According to the university’s newspaper The Crimson White, Bloom noted that the fraternities and sororities “still have a long way to go” on issues of fairness and equality.