University of Alabama Moves to Integrate Greek System

Kathy Lohr, NPR, September 18, 2013

[Editor’s Note: An audio version of this story is available here.]

Students at the University of Alabama and community leaders are reacting to allegations that white sororities denied access to black women because of their race.

The student newspaper in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson White, ran a story that quotes sorority members who say they wanted to recruit at least two black candidates but the students’ names were removed before members could vote on them.

One of the black women who sorority members say was pulled from consideration seemed the perfect recruit. She had a 4.3 grade point average. And she’s from an influential family—the step granddaughter of Alabama Judge John England who is a University Trustee.

“Race may have played a factor or may even been the reason why, though not necessarily from the young people but from some alumni,” says Judge England.

He says some alums may have pressured current sorority members to reject black students.

In a video statement posted Tuesday, University President Judy Bonner acknowledged sororities and fraternities remain segregated. She says chapter members admit while recruiting new candidates a few weeks ago, decisions were made based on race.

“While we will not tell any group who they must pledge, the University of Alabama will not tolerate discrimination of any kind,” she says.

Bonner ordered sororities to use an open bidding process which allows them to add new members at any time.


About 35,000 students are enrolled at the University of Alabama which remains predominantly white. About 12 percent are African American. One fourth of the students are members of fraternities and sororities.


University President Bonner says the nation is watching Alabama—just as it did in the 1960s when then Governor George Wallace made his stand against integrating the university. She says the students are ready to move forward and the university will work to remove any barriers they perceive.

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  • D.B. Cooper

    Oh yeah, I remember this. People won’t boycott this sorority.

    • D.B. Cooper

      Where are the fat chicks at? I guess they didn’t get in either.

      • sbuffalonative

        No men either. Clearly gender bias. SHUT IT DOWN!

        • MBlanc46

          Doubtless, that is coming.

        • What about the trannys?

          • Yea, now people get to choose their own “gender identity.” I as a man can go into a women’s change room and do naughty things and if I get thrown out I can call “transphobia” and “homophobia” (since I’m “female” and attracted to the “female bodied”).

      • APaige

        they all look pretty. Thin and pretty… guess that alone would exclude many black girls.

      • MBlanc46

        When the black girls get in, there will almost certainly be some fat ones.

      • Do you think there’s also a strangely high representation of blondes in the group?

    • me

      Because the Bantu can’t stand to leave European Americans alone. They INSIST on being included into every aspect of our lives. They want ‘equality’ with Whites, yet can’t understand that they’ll never be our ‘equals’ in any way; not morally, not in IQ, not in culture, not in creativity, not in beauty, not in innovation, etc. The Bantu seethes with jealousy and hatred of the White race, yet can’t seem to stay away–because they want what we create and maintain, no matter if they deserve it or not. They want our peaceful and clean neighborhoods, our law and order, or technology, our school systems, our inventions, the jobs we create, the food we grow, the transportation we invent, the entertainment we provide, etc. Bantus hate us, but can’t live without us. That’s why they demand that we take care of them and give them ‘special’ rights and privileges that we don’t grant ourselves–in order to compensate for the Bantu’s failure at living in a modern and technologically advanced civilization. The Bantu really should live apart from us, for our own well being.

  • Truthseeker

    “While we will not tell any group who they must pledge, the University of Alabama will not tolerate discrimination of any kind.”

    Aren’t they even allowed to discriminate on the basis of whether they actually like the people? Because if they just so happen not to like these prospective black pledges, what’s wrong with not letting them in on that basis?

    • D.B. Cooper

      I seem to recall a movie about some nerds who didn’t get accepted into any fraternity on campus. They formed their own fraternity instead.

      • Truthseeker

        Ah yes, the classic “Revenge of the Nerds.” I guess the lesson we’re supposed to take away from that movie is that it requires exceptional intelligence to be able to do something for yourself instead of making others do it for you.

      • sbuffalonative

        That’s Hollywood fiction. This is real life where some people don’t know the meaning of ‘initiative’. Why bother to do for yourself when white folks have already done all the work for you?

    • mgs166

      The gov will step in and tell them who they are required to like.

      • rowingfool

        And the next step is to tell us who we’re required to marry.

        The only truly colorblind selection process is a lottery i.e. random chance. Yikes!

  • Spartacus

    Whites in the US have to stop making “official” groups. The government is no longer yours, the law-makers do not represent you, you have to stop recognizing their authority .

    • Sick of it

      More and more people are starting to recognize these facts.

  • Bardon Kaldian

    I don’t get this kind of thinking. It’s not about humiliating, oppressing or whatnot. It’s about who you want to share company with. If a group of people don’t want my presence- I wouldn’t intrude. I’d think: they don’t like me & to hell with them, I’ll find another company. It seems only Blacks are obsessed with the hypocritical, emotional-blackmail “crying” game. What about East Asian or Hispanic females & all-White sororities ? I suppose they say- oh well, sod off. Not Blacks.

    • Libs are We Todd Ed

      Parasites do not consider the feelings of their intended host.

      • willbest

        They do when the host has the ability to make them suffer. For example, children, at least until the government completes the process of taking parental authority away.

  • OhWow

    And she’s from an influential family—the step granddaughter of Alabama Judge John England who is a University Trustee.

    And the other shoe drops. Can blacks go through life without diapers?

    • OlderWoman

      Probably an Affirmative Action Judge and Trustee.

  • APaige

    Lets see. Public Universities use race to lower academic standards…race-based scholarships…separate dorms…separate graduation ceremonies…special tutors…separate study sessions…special ‘ethnic studies’…etc. A private organization might have not chosen someone based on race and they say they do not tolerate discrimination.

  • bigone4u

    I believe there are historically black sorieties. Where is the pressure for them to admit white girls? The issue at the university is not discrimination, but the insane desire of lefties to push blacks into every aspect of our lives. G-d, I am suffering from black fatigue.

  • Dave4088

    Before Judge England, Presidente Bonner, the lefties and integrationist fanatics mount their steeds, we should ask if traditionally black fraternities and sororities would accept white pledges. I’m sure if whites attempted to they would be rejected while being called every anti-white racial epithet in the book. And the media wouldn’t care.

  • Dave4088

    Blacks demand, and get, the best of both worlds. They want racially exclusive groups for themselves and full access to our groups and organizations when it suits them.

    • Sick of it

      The endgame for this is to increase interracial relationships on college campuses.

  • wilburnsprayberry

    Believe it or not the editor of the Dallas (Texas) Morning News opinion page, Sharon Grigsby, was so outraged by a non-diverse sorority in Alabama she blogged about it – I guess to alert Texans that Alabama has yet to meet the standards of multi-cultural rainbow land. My comments defending segregation (or rather, freedom of association) in extended private clubs (what sororities & fraternities are, in essence) were not greeted kindly by the other commenters, the DMN having declined from a fairly upright conservative paper into something which resembles the southwestern version of the New York Times.

    • me

      Yup. The infiltration has reached maximum density. Globalist, Marxist propaganda everywhere!

  • itdoesnotmatter

    Would I want to join a live in club or group in which I would be the only one of my kind, risk shunning or patronization? No.
    Why doesn’t it work this way with dark people?/rhetorical question.
    DUH. The “we are all one” squids are pushing this, good people of Amren.

  • MekongDelta69

    You ever see Greg Gutfeld with his ‘banned word/phrase of the day?
    One of mine is, “moving forward.” Another is, “issue” (when you really mean “problem.”)

    Oh yes – about the article.

    Feminazi Judy Bonner says the won’t tell any group who to pledge, BUT they will NOT tolerate discrimination.

    Since, by itself, the sentence is contradictory, what that means is that WHITE groups HAVE to admit blacks, while BLACK groups can keep whites out (just in case some idiot leftist white fool wants to join the Phi Blinga Brutha group).

  • White Mom in WDC

    Why would some black woman try to join a sorority where she is obviously not wanted? This causes discomfort and resentment for all. I was an independent in college and did not dare go through the ‘rush’ process because I knew it was not for me and that I would not fit in. Why don’t they just start their own group?

    • MBlanc46

      There are always blacks who want to force themselves into places where they’re not wanted and cause discomfort and resentment for all.

      • Wethepeople

        Is that why there is such a perpensity for rape amongst africans?

    • dd121

      Why? Because they hate whites and this is as “in your face” as you can get.

  • MBlanc46

    “While we will not tell any group who they must pledge….”

    Since that’s the only way, in form or another, that the frats and sororities will integrate, there’s no doubt that that’s what they’ll do.

  • Beetlejuice

    I hope someone reprints this in the alumni letter. U of A is not my university, I cut mine off years ago because of discrimination against whites and favoritism for non-whites.

    • De’Ontavious Jizzaiah Jones

      I did the same. I went to a private Catholic law school that at the time did not have an affirmative diversity program. That was one reason I chose to go there, especially after visiting U of Md lawschool, OMG, atrocious. Then about 4 or so years ago under a new dean, I noticed in law alumni magazine that they had instituted a remedial program to help minorities (of course it was not actually titled remedial, but it was clear what it was). So I stopped my annual contribution and emailed Dean and let him know why. He tried calling me to discuss it but I didn’t call back. Now in last alumni magazine I was treated to tales of the black law students having their own moot court team where they get to go compete against other black teams from other law schools. Honestly, in 96 to 2000, when I went there, I had no idea there was a whole separate black moot court system in place in US law schools. Maybe it did not exist then and came later. There also not a Black Law Students (BLSA) Presence on campus because there were too few blacks admitted when admission was by merit. Now I see that has a big presence as well. It really makes me sick to see what happened – that they gave in to the diversity juggernaut.

  • dd121

    Free speech. Gone, with hate crime legislation. Freedom of association. Gone, with public accommodation laws, section 8 forced integration, busing, now forced integration of fraternities. Right to bear arms. Going fast. Freedom of religion. The left persecutes Christians. And on and on.

    Why would anybody make the statement that we are the Land of the Free. Just ain’t so.

  • IKantunderstand

    What the hell has happened to this country? If males want to keep out females, so what? If females want to keep out males, so what! If Whites want to have an exclusive club, so what? We all know that Whites(despite their White privilege) , are not allowed to officially congregate together, are not allowed to form ANY kind of group that says they are explicitly White. Hell, why doesn’t anyone come out and just say it: Whites are the most discriminated group of people in the world today! We Whites are so discriminated against, that our deaths by out of control Blacks (who contribute nothing to our society, who, in fact, would be nowhere without our intervention, that’s :our intervention” would all still be savages in the “mother land”. That’s right Oprah, where the hell would you be now, if your ancestors hadn’t been brought over as slaves? And, you. Kanye West? You arrogant, no talent, piece of crap. Where would you be, you think you are so talented, where would you be if your ancestors had stayed in Africa?) Here is why we have a problem. Blacks in this country, complain about the appropriation of their “culture” by Whites. I could go crazy on this subject. I would say: point out all the technological advancements Whites have done, you know, ALL OF THEM. So, we now have: Whites, inventors of technology and everything else.: One. Technological advancements by Blacks: None. And yet, though, Blacks have appropriated our culture. By the way, they are not very good at it. Seriously? You think straightening your nappy ass hair is going to make you White? And give you technological expertise? Let’s face it: Every single Black person who is successful, will never be completely successful, because they will never, ever, be White. Sorry, Oprah, sorry Kanye, sorry Diddy(or whatever) sorry, sorry, you will never be White, no matter how much money you accumulate. Kudos for being smart enough to take advantage of media induced guilt of White people! But, let’s face it, you are angry you were born Black. Let’s face it, you successful Blacks, know for a fact that the rest of your race are stupid savages. You have two choices: Defend your stupid savage race or: Acknowledge you come from from a stupid savage race. Not much of a choice there, Oprah, Kanye, Beyonce, you would never have accomplished what you have, if your African ancestors had stayed in Africa. You would not have had a language to complain in. Aren’t you lucky? Your choices: 1). Stay in brutal Africa, starve to death, have a life ending disease.2). Have ancestors go to America, be freed as slaves at great cost to Whites who had nothing to do with slavery, thrive, and have the opportunity to become a huge success, because all those racist Whites hate Black people. Yeah, right. They are right, we Whites can NEVER win. Not the P.C war anyway. However, we Whites have fought for the freedom of many disparate people. You guys know, don’t you? That there is absolutely NOBODY out there who is going to fight in defense of we White people. We White people, who have fought on behalf of so many people, will be totally on our own. It will always be:White on the side of White. Period. You all realize, we have no other allies? Right, you guys know that, don’t you? Shoulda picked our own cotton. (S.P.O.O.C.).Look, I think Northern Whites and Southron Whites should ban together. Let’s try to find common ground. It’s the only way we can prevail.

    • me

      This is why we need our own country, with no immigration of non-Whites allowed.

  • De’Ontavious Jizzaiah Jones

    Blacks have their own fraternities and sororities -AKA is one. There is a black fraternity that brands the fraternity symbol onto their arms, a literal hot iron brand like branding cattle. You can Google it I can’t remember name.

    • MBlanc46

      That’s the thing about black privilege. They get their own stuff and ours too.

  • Wethepeople

    Never understood how there could be a black fraternity. ‘Frater’ in latin is brother, and i imagine it’d abe difficult forming a bond of brotherhood with someone who will stab you for shoes.

  • kjh64

    I’ve been around large numbers of Blacks before and the truth is that most Blacks do NOT want to socialize with Whites, they don’t. Blacks have their own culture and they don’t want Whites or ANY non-Black race to be a part of it.

  • mikebowen55

    The only ‘Greek System’ I have any interest in is Golden Dawn.

  • ThomasER916

    Jews screwed it up. Don’t pretend for one second an all white country would have done this without Jews. South Africa would have never changed if it weren’t for the massive immigration of half-a-million Litvaks and Joe Slovo. Rhodesia would have never become Zimbabwe if the Jewish Prime Minister wasn’t Benjamin Disraeli.

    Should we talk about Sweden?
    How about the Frankfurt School in Germany?

    How long before Amren deletes this post?

  • Dave4088

    If that is true it wouldn’t be scandalous or newsworthy if a white pledge to a black frat/sorority was rejected. The racial double standard and anti-white bigotry still rules the day.

  • itdoesnotmatter

    It’s not catering exactly. More demeaning patronization which blacks seem to relish, not realizing patronization is a diminishing dynamic. It implies that the ‘other’ is not equal in any way.