History Of IFC/Panhellenic Greek Life

“Historically White Fraternities and Sororities (HWFS) have historically excluded People of Color and religious minorities, thereby preserving a space for white superiority on college campuses.”

Race and Racism in Fraternity and Sorority Life: A Historical Overview, Kathleen E. Gillon,  Cameron C. Beatty,  Cristobal Salinas Jr.

“The institutions themselves should be regarded as monuments to the Confederacy because they remain profoundly segregated and perpetuate the caste-based racial division of campus…Many sororities still have no black members and almost all remain ethnic enclaves for White students.”

Sororities as Confederate Monuments, Stephen Clowney

“IFC/Panhellenic Greek Life upholds the doctrine of “separate but equal” that “society must be racially segregated, but allegedly ensure equal opportunities to all races.”

“These restrictive policies created conditions in which Students of Color were “socially homeless, invisible to the majority, with no virtual or physical dwelling.”

Race and Racism in Fraternity and Sorority Life: A Historical Overview, Kathleen E. Gillon, Cameron C. Beatty, Cristobal Salinas J

“In defense of a racist joke, one member of Columbia University’s chapter of Phi Gamma Delta exclaimed “We’ve made jokes about sexual assault and so many other fucked up shit and all of you laughed including you … so don’t pick today to get a conscience.”

Racist Fiji messages are part of a long history of sexual, anti-Black violence protected by brotherhood, Dia Gill

“At Penn State, Timothy Piazza downed 18 drinks in less than two hours during a pledge event for the Beta Theta Pi chapter in February. Maxwell Gruver’s blood alcohol content was .496 after a September hazing ritual for Louisiana State University’s Phi Delta Theta fraternity.”

Is Greek Life Worth Saving? As colleges continue to grapple with hazing and drinking-related deaths, why do some insist the benefits of Greek life on campuses are worth the risks?, U.S. News

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