As a black woman, who also happens to be member of a historically black sorority, I’m confused and in awe at the elitism of my fellow peers. So after years and YEARS of Love & Hip Hop, Basketball Wives, and other Monday night foolery on VH1 now you all want to be upset at VH1’s portrayal of black women because it finally hits home? Really? Oh ok. Wake up.
To my fellow black Greeks who claim the show is a misrepresentation of what your sorority stands for: you need to step back and take a realistic look at that statement.
YOU may not act like that (of course you don’t), but there’s someone in your sorority that does. How do I know? Because they signed up for a show like, “Sorority Sisters” and I’ll bet that there is more from where they came from! I would like to think that because we choose to join these organizations with principles similar to scholarship, respect, servitude, and leadership that everyone will choose to reflect those principles and preserve the dignity of those before us in their daily lives? But I’m not naive.
Not to discredit anyone’s feelings about this show and their sorority because you are entitled to feel the way you do. I definitely feel that my sorority has taught me and continues to teach me about sisterly love, service, scholarship and finer womanhood. My hope is that this light shines through me to positively impact others around me – regardless of the letters. My hope is that these Greek letters are not used as a social class to divide us (black people) even more. But however, to some extent, it does.
With that being said…
It’s time for black Greeks to stop acting like they are better than black people. Now, I would be ignorant to say that being in a Black Greek Letter Organization doesn’t equate to a higher socioeconomic status. ALL of our beloved organizations were founded at universities. With that being said, being entitled to higher education PERIOD (especially through the years of 1906-1963) automatically gives our organizations a sense of elitism and the “Them vs. Us” mentality.
On the flip side, if this show is what it took to hit home for you regarding the misrepresentation of black women via media, then I guess it’s a good thing! Sometimes it takes people getting angry to evoke change. However, my only concern about it finally hitting home is that you still won’t see the bigger issue. Now, if I see someone who is also my Soror acting a fool on TV, should I disappointed? Yes. But I’m more ashamed, disappointed, and upset to see the repetitive images of ANY black woman acting a fool on TV. Especially over the likes of a man (but that’s a whole other blog post).
It’s sad that your moral barometer is only activated when your letters are disrespected and not when your womanhood is.
Girlfriends was one of my favorite TV shows growing up because it gave me something to look up to as a young black woman (shout out to Mara Brock Akil). Now, I hate that there is NOTHING for me to watch on TV that celebrates the sisterhood, struggles, friendships, life, and love between black women, whether “reality” or “scripted”. Now, let’s make a petition about that.