University of Alabama president: Our Greek system remains segregated, we will not tolerate discrimination [video] | al.com:
|University of Alabama |
President Judy Bonner (The
University of Alabama)
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — University of Alabama President Judy Bonner took an unprecedented stance in a video sent out to the UA community this morning, stating outright that the college’s fraternities and sororities are segregated and discrimination will not be tolerated at UA.
Bonner prefaced her remarks with the story of the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door, a time when the nation’s eyes were on the University five decades ago.
“Today the eyes of the nation are once again on the University of Alabama,” Bonner said. “This time it is because our Greek system remains segregated, and chapter members admit that during the recruitment process that ended a few weeks ago, decisions were made based on race.”
At a closed doors meeting with chapter advisers Sunday, Bonner said she told the group UA will not tolerate discrimination of any kind.
“The chapter members are ready to move forward. The University of Alabama will support them in every way possible,” Bonner said. “We will work extremely hard to remove any barriers that they perceive. If we are going to adequately prepare our students to compete in the global society, we simply must make systemic and profound changes.”
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