This piece is not necessarily critical of fraternal organizations, but addresses a question in an age of removing vestiges of white supremacy and racism from American institutions.
The question it addresses is valid whether you agree or disagree with the removal of monuments, statues and aspects of a time in American when open exclusion, subjugation and racism was accepted.
Black fraternities and sororities are an integral part of Black culture.
Most began in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s following the models of White fraternities and sororities that excluded Black members.
Membership in these organizations has become a tradition and expectation in many families.
They are responsible for much great work in the community.
But here’s the question. In an age of the removal of statues and monuments erected in a time when America had a different mindset, why aren’t the Greek letters that distinguish these organizations considered to be a reminder of the system that excluded Blacks from membership? Why are they excluded from the conversation?
How many African languages are there that offer options of letters that could be used to not only distinguish these organizations, but also celebrate African heritage?
Or, why use letters at all?
Black members of these organizations say, “I’m Greek.” How many people of other cultures proclaim, “I’m an African”?
Greece is a part of the European continent. Members of these organizations refer to themselves by saying, “I’m a Greek.” Even though both religion and science agree that life began in Africa…how many people of other continents proclaim, “I’m an African”. How many people are more passionate about their affiliation than their faith in God.
God introduced Himself to Moses as ‘I AM’, so we must be careful what we say behind our “I AM”.
Exodus 3:14 (NKJV)
14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”
There is no condemnation for using Greek letters and culture…just wondering why members of Black fraternities and sororities who are passionate about removing aspects of racism are excluding Greek letters and culture ( language and letters are a part of culture) from the conversation and movement.
Am I an expert on secret societies and their history in America? No.
But, that doesn’t reduce the legitimacy of the question.
What do you think?