Monday, March 12, 2007

"Image is the new racism ..."

... yea right. That was a quote from one of 23 students who was "kicked out" of her sorority at an Indiana university because of what she looked like.
We don't want fat chicks is the message that the national chapter of Delta Zeta sent to its sorors at DePauw University. Earlier today, DePauw University sent the message to the sorority that "we don't want you - period."
For those of you who haven't been following this story, the national chapter sent the sorority a letter saying that they weren't meeting recruitment goals and that they needed to do something to improve their recruitment. Apparently the girls had a reputation for being the "Dog House" on campus because these weren't the cutest girls on campus.
That is jacked up on so many levels. First of all, those girls can help who they look like. I always thought that you join sororities so that you can gather in the spirit of sisterhood with women with whom you share like-ideas, morals and character traits.
This sorority has managed to desecrate that foundation. While I empathize with what these women are going through with this organization, this is in no way shape or form a "new racism." There is none such animal as "new racism." This is no doubt a new -ism, but it should never be compared or equated to racism.

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