The University of Alabama has been dragged kicking and screaming into the mid-1960s, sparking hope that someday they might join the 21st century in a few decades after the student senate approved a resolution calling for fraternities and sororities on campus to be racially integrated. Yes, in 20-freaking-14.
It’s official: the University of Alabama is on the record supporting racial integration – in the year 2014.
Last week Alabama’s Student Senate passed a resolution supporting the complete integration of Greek life at the university. The renewed conversation about race at the historically troubled campus began after a black female student with a 4.3 GPA was denied by all 16 of the school’s sororities. An earlier resolution supporting racial integration had failed by a wide margin.
Yes, you read that right. A few weeks ago that same student senate voted by an overwhelming 27-5 margin to kill the resolution:
The University of Alabama SGA’s Senate Thursday night failed to pass a resolution to support the full integration of its Greek system, and sent it instead to committee, where it will die with the end of the 2013-14 Senate session.
Though its opponents remain tight-lipped on what issues they found with the resolution, its co-authors unanimously believe the bill was intentionally killed on the Senate floor by what one senator calls a “manipulation” of procedure to ensure its demise.
Senator and bill co-author Chisolm Allenlundy said he understands why some people disagree with the bill but takes issues that the bill wasn’t formally debated or considered on the floor.
“My fellow senators chose rather to send it to committee, so that they would not have to be listed as having voted against the legislation.”
You can read that resolution here. That it could be even remotely controversial at this late date is absurd. Welcome to the 1960s, Alabama. With any luck, you’ll be getting some parachute pants and Members Only jackets in another decade or so.