Kappa Alpha's "old south week" bans confederate uniforms
The National fraternity Kappa Alpha Order is making headlines for what the group has decided not to do anymore.
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#1 Apr 25, 2010
Let's talk about the indicent at U of A that caused all of this turmoil.
The pain and suffering that the Black race endured in the earlier part of U.S. history is an absolute disgrace, and no one can defend it. However, to assume that every Confederate solider fought in the War Between the States because he supported slavery is as hate filled as to assume automatically every black person’s behavior parallels unflattering racial stereotypes. The mainstay of Southern soldiers fought to protect their land and families from an invading Federal army, and they had no concern for the 5% of the population that owned slaves. It defies logic to think otherwise.
Imagine that there was a parade of undergraduate black men wearing Black Panther attire marching in the streets to celebrate the 1960’s Black Panther movement. Envision if you will signs or banners with the names Malcolm X, Bobby Seale, and Huey Newton proudly unfurling in the glistening sun. At this time of celebration, the group promenades past a gathering of white fraternity alumni, and their wives or significant others. This entourage offends the whites as they observe in disbelief. Why would the parading Black Panther look-alikes offend them? The Black Panthers in the ‘60’s actually accomplished some good in their respective neighborhoods. Do the parade observers not know that the objectives of the Panthers were to accomplish for all Black people “land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace?” Probably not.
What they do recall is the Black Panthers often advocated armed violence against white people and the established authority. Coming from two different perspectives the Blacks in the hypothetical parade view the early Panthers as heroes and the white alumni view them as white hating thugs. Does anyone think for one second that a signed petition by the white fraternity alumni would cause a supportive outrage from the university and the Black community? Would Joyce Stallworth, the 1988 AKA alumna and senior associate dean in UA's College of Education have the same reaction as she did when she observed the students wearing Confederate uniforms? Would she be offended and “shocked” by the insensitivity of the Black Panthers on parade? You know the answer.
We have become far too concerned in this nation that we may offend some group that purports a different opinion. Those that scream the loudest for tolerance and understanding have zero patience for anyone that has a different view. The University of Alabama students and KAs have a right to conduct their parade and the US Constitution protects them. When did tolerance and understanding become a one-way journey?
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