Sorority First, Last, and Always aka VH-1 and Sorority Sisters You Will Not Step to Us Like That

December 23, 2014 5:59 PM

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I have been a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated for nearly thirty-three years. Like many of you I am deeply troubled by Sorority Sisters, the latest addition to the endless parade of reality shows. I have also read with great interest recent posts criticizing African Americans for mobilizing against Sorority Sisters while turning a blind eye to other reality shows that disparage and degrade the women in our community. I agree that, to a certain extent, our community's fervent support for these reality shows makes us somewhat complicit in perpetuating negative stereotypes about African American women. However, I invite you to view the show Sorority Sisters through a different lens.

African American sororities were founded during the first twenty years of the twentieth century; a period marked by race riots, the proliferation of African American newspapers, ongoing lynchings, the women's suffrage movement, the formation of organizations such as the NAACP, the retrenchment of se...

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