Okay folks, I'm stepping away (pun intended) from my usual subject matter and turning towards something dear to my heart, my sorority and affiliation with the Divine Nine. While many might argue that being a Black Greek is oxymoronic (save it for the comments, my Afrocentric brothers and sisters) a hot topic amongst my circle of friends is the state of our BGLOs (Black Greek Letter Organizations). What's hot in them streets right now is the inclusion of greek step teams in every music video, live performance, and film (those bootleg movies like The Sisterhood and The Brotherhood or the wildly popular Stomp the Yard). If you talk about an HBCU (historically black college or university) their existence is not validated without the inclusion of Black Greeks (c'mon, keep it 100, when you went to freshman orientation there was some sort of BGLO demonstration). What strikes me as most peculiar about our insane popularity (we know, we know, you want to be one of us lol) is not only the marketability surrounding the Divine Nine organizations, but the increasingly delapidated image that represents us.
If one were to gain an understanding strictly from our representation in the media as of late, we're just Gangland: the Bougie Edition. The rash of bad publicity about acts of violence, embezzlement allegations, and focus on our extracurriuclar activities takes away from our original intent - the uplift of our commmunities and our civic responsibility.
Question one:What would (insert founders' names here) do?
Question two: if there wasn't stepping and parties, what would there be?
Feel free to weigh in.