Earlier this week, Cal Poly State University’s president announced that he was suspending all of Greek life, after the recent emergence of a photo of a student in blackface at a Lambda Chi Alpha party.
Nearly two months prior, there was a racial profiling and cultural appropriation incident at Cal Poly’s Sigma Nu. In his open letter, Cal Poly president Jeffrey Armstrong says these occurrences have led to the suspension and that details on how Greek life can resume are forthcoming.
These aren’t the first fraternities to get in trouble for racism. And even after highly publicized incidents and public backlash, it seems that members of frats and sororities continue to get in trouble for their behavior.
If you are in Greek life, what is your take on these events? What is the value in Greek life? If you are a parent who participated in Greek life, are you encouraging your kids to follow in your footsteps? Why or why not?
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John Hechinger, author of “True Gentlemen: The Broken Pledge of Americas Fraternities” (2017, PublicAffairs); he is a senior editor at Bloomberg News