Not going to university or college in the U.S. has deprived me of the intricate sorority and fraternity lives that many of my American friends got to experience, so I’m not as completely in-tune with the culture as I COULD be, but there is ONE fact I’m very familiar with in regards to them: There are many different ones that typically appeal to different types of people. Dudes can be Alpha’s, Sigma’s, Kappa’s, Omega’s and a host of others, while women can be Delta’s, AKA’s and others as well. Which fraternity or sorority specifically targets and accepts homosexual men? To be honest, I’m not sure if any of them do – but I know it makes a lot more damn sense to CREATE your own, than FORCING your way into a group you don’t really belong in.
Let’s take a quick second and step back from the oft-referenced stereotypes of Black Greeks being good for little more than attracting sex partners, being in wild parties, knowing how to step and hazing ninja’s to death and let’s focus on the ORIGINS and the ultimate POINT of these institutions – in fact, let’s focus on the AKA’s in question. Alpha Kappa Alpha is the first Greek-lettered sorority established and incorporated by African American college women. This sorority broke barriers for African American women in areas where little power or authority existed due to a lack of opportunities for minorities and women in the early 20th century. Although you don’t have to be a Black woman to be a member, the focus of creating SISTERHOOD was the key element in the AKA’s beginnings and still stands as important to this day. The key word there is SISTERHOOD.
At a time where Black women are being written about in anti-intellectual “articles” by DOUCHEBAGS claiming they are scientifically unattractive, or being left off of Magazines “Hot Lists”, I think it’s fair to say that a collective group of strong women supporting other women would be a POSITIVE thing. Hell, at a time where cops are labelling rape victims as sluts, pigheaded GOP pundits are calling advocates of birth control WHORES, and women all over the country are being told they should NOT have final say over their bodies when it comes to reproduction, I think it’s safe to say that women backing each other is a GOOD thing.
Well, not if you ask MIAKA.
According to LoveMyBlack.com:
Men interested in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, also known as MIAKAs, are threatening to file a lawsuit against Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a sorority founded at Howard University on Jan. 15, 1908. The group of men, whom all are homosexual, are alleging homophobia and gender discrimination by the sorority.
News of MIAKAs first surfaced a couple years ago when men founded an unofficial chapter of AKA at Texas Southern University and Prairie view A&M.
Members of the Greek community were shocked when the Tri Alpha Chapter of MIAKI presented photos of men adorned in pink and green and pearls, while throwing up their “pinkies.” People were even more shocked to learn the chapter had even filmed a probate show with sounds of the sorority’s famous call “skee wee” being heard in the background.
The funny thing about this story, is I already KNOW there’s a gang of people waiting to label anyone who disagrees with MIAKA’S cause a HOMOPHOBE – and those people can go F^*K themselves. If there’s one thing I’m FAR from being it’s homophobic, but I take GREAT offence at a minority group targeting ANOTHER minority group and CRYING about exclusion. If sisters want to support sisters then let them HAVE that. But to build a case based on the ridiculous ideology that you should be granted access anywhere and everywhere based solely on your sexual preference is RIDICULOUS.
These dudes might as well call Lamaze class’ homophobic while they are at it.
So hear what MIAKA, if there’s one thing you can learn from AKA’s, it’s this: In 1908, Ethel Hedgeman scanned the landscape of Black Greeks and saw a void that she decided she could fill – if you don’t see a fraternity or sorority out there for YOU, that’s simply a sign that there’s no time like the PRESENT to start one.
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