The ouster came over Bid Day this weekend, coinciding with Alabama’s first rush where black women were formally invited to join sororities.
It would be determined despite the snapchat post, Chi O had in fact pledged two black women (along with 200 white girls).
The offending Snapchat, included a selfie that featured a yellow heart emoji, a red heart emoji, the ‘no good’ girl emoji, and the ‘OMG girl’ emoji told Alabama officials.
For those uninitiated to fraternity semantics (and that would include this author) Bid Day is described as the process whereby sororities formally hand out invitations to join them after ‘rush period.’
This year, twenty-one black women were invited to join in the festivities whilst 2,054 women pledged sororities in total.
In an email to students, Alabama President Judy Bonner wrote:’We are all extremely disappointed when any student uses language that is disrespectful or offensive to any segment of the UA community. We are especially sad that this incident occurred on a day that was an exciting and happy one for the young women who participated in fall recruitment.’
That said there has been speculation on Total Sorority Move that the photo may have in fact been doctored or was the unfortunate result of an auto correct error. (Apparently, Alabama sorority girls’ phones are auto correcting ‘ninjas’ to ‘niggas‘ all the time.)
The university has told it is still investigating the Snapchat incident, which might suggest although the infracting girl has come to be kicked out of the sorority house she may also now come to be suspended or asked to leave University of Alabama as well.
The image re asserts The Crimson White, the University of Alabama’s student newspaper claim that the greek system has racial tensions and that there ‘remains an almost impenetrable color barrier.’
Gawker adds that when it was first revealed last year that Alabama sororities were systematically blocking black women from joining them, undergrads blamed their alumnae, claiming that this older, racist cohort instructed them to do so. That said this weekend’s incident undermines the above claim, belying the notion that racism is an institutionalized point of view amongst students, although one can’t help but wonder how much the university helps indemnify such ethos?