Most of the time, we try to avoid controversial stories in an effort to promote positivity on our site. However, this specific story in The New York Times was shocking to us and really caught our attention, hitting home for us as sorority women. As a result, we wanted to share with you, our readers, this story and our thoughts about it in an effort to bring to light a topic that can be overlooked: discrimination.
Recruitment is one of the most amazing parts about being in a sorority because you get to bond with your sisters and share in the excitement of bringing new sisters on board. Each woman that walks through the door into your house is a potential lifelong sister. There are so many beautiful women that you meet throughout the experience, but only a few are the "perfect fit". But, what is the perfect fit? For us, it is that women's personality, academic accomplishments, community service efforts, and overall presence that screams "That's who I want to PREF!" With all of these factors in mind, we were sad to hear that for one school, the color of a women's skin takes precedent.
As you can see, we come from different backgrounds, representing different races and cultures. However, despite our differences in appearance, we share a sisterly bond that is deeper than the pigment of our skin. Being able to relate to another human being is the greatest gift to have and it can be shared among all races, faces, shapes, and sizes.
Whether you're participating in recruitment or being introduced to a new person in your friendship circle, we encourage you to not lead with race, but lead with an open mind. You never know who could be your next best friend or lifelong sister.