Sometimes, there are stories that renew our faith in humanity and remind us there is good in the world. This is not one of those stories.
Yesterday, the Internet exploded after website Total Frat Move reported on an image sent over the popular social media app Snapchat. The image is allegedly of three girls taking a selfie and reads "Chi O got NO n----s!!!!!" followed by a few stereotypical college-girl emojis.
Initially, people claimed the Snapchat was photoshopped but the official Chi Omega Facebook made a statement on the scandal, saying, "The woman who took the photo is no longer a member of the chapter."
University of Alabama's school newspaper The Crimson White picked up the story and reported Chi Omega had accepted two black women into the sorority as well as several others who identify as a racial minority. The Crimson White also reported that according to a prior statement from the University, "every sorority…extends bids to black women."
Sadly, this isn't even the first time the University of Alabama has encountered racially motivated negative press. Last September, four chapters allegedly blocked the bids of many well-qualified African American students. The system as a whole has been accused of making minority members feel "criticized and ostracized" among "sisters." In a display of solidarity, students and alumnae protested against institutionalized racism.
Judy Bonner, the University's president, sent out a school-wide email saying, "We are all extremely disappointed when any student uses language that is disrespectful or offensive to any segment of the UA community."
We can only hope said disappointment leads to action far beyond an email across the entire University and leads to some institutional changes.