So Now You're Mad?: A Response to 'Sorority Sisters' from a Sorority Sister12/17/2014
by Tierra C. As a black woman, who also happens to be member of a historically black sorority, I...
by Tierra C.
As a black woman, who also happens to be member of a historically black sorority, I’m confused about and in awe of the elitism of my peers. After years and years of Love & Hip Hop, Basketball Wives, and other Monday night foolery on VH1, now you all want to be upset at VH1’s portrayal of black women because it finally hits home? Really? Wake up.
To my fellow black Greeks who claim the show is a misrepresentation of what your sorority stands for: you need to step back and take a look at that statement.
This is not to discredit anyone’s feelings about this show and their sorority because you are entitled to feel the way you do. I feel that my sorority has taught me and continues to teach me about sisterly love, service, scholarship and finer womanhood. My hope is that this light shines through me to positively impact others around me regardless of the letters. My hope is that these Greek letters are not used as a tool to divide us (black people) even more. But to some extent they do.
It’s time for Black Greeks to stop acting like they are better than other Black people. Being in a Black Greek Letter Organization may equate to a, generally, higher socioeconomic status because all of our beloved organizations were founded at universities. This gives members of our organizations a sense of superiority and results in an “Us vs. Them” mentality.
If this show is what it took to hit home for you the issue of misrepresentation of black women via media, then I guess that's a good thing. Sometimes it takes people getting angry to bring about change. However, my concern is that you still won’t see the bigger issue. Now, if I see someone who is also my Soror acting a fool on TV, should I disappointed? Yes. But I’m more ashamed, disappointed, and upset to see the repetitive images of any black woman acting a fool on TV.
It’s sad that your moral barometer is only activated when your letters are disrespected and not when your womanhood is.
Girlfriends was one of my favorite TV shows growing up because it gave me something to look up to as a young black woman (shout out to Mara Brock Akil). I hate that there is nothing for me to watch on TV that celebrates the sisterhood, struggles, friendships, life, and love between black women, whether “reality” or “scripted.” Now, let’s make a petition about that.