Stereotyping:National Pan -Hallenic Council

The ignorance behind stereotypes in the D-9 that has caused a number of members to fight at events and to feel not wanted in black fraternities and sororities. Instead of showing respect to members when performing in step shows, community service, and other good deeds show respect to members and not boo the group that is doing a good deed. It takes a great deal of maturity to give a good compliment versus some of these remarks from organizations that I have viewed in the past. Why is stereotyping used? Is it to put down one organization for another? Is it to lift up your self-esteem? Regardless, of the reason, it is sad and brings more of a separation amongst the divine nine. If your wondering if I am a member of a D-9 organization the answer is “Yes.” I am a Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority member since 2004. This message is to show concern on this issue, and to not offend anyone. However, if someone is offended they need to re-evaluate the real reason for joining a D-9 organization.

Honestly, some people join based on whether legacy rights within the family and others join based on popularity, but a large number of people have joined based on the good that is conducted in the many communities in the world. When I was a undergraduate student at Wiley College (HBCU), I did not know of many stereotypes of the D-9, but once I entered school I did notice how popular some organizations were versus other organizations that were misjudged based on the outer appearance of what they were wearing. People will join an organization based on a stereotype versus how much community service is being completed. Sadly enough, my perception on D-9 organizations was that it is nine black organizations that work together to better the community, and not the number of party’s and step shows are being won.

Some stereotypes that are ridiculous is: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority: Lighter skinned African American woman, long hair, stuck up, snobs, can’t cook, and uneducated.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority: Darker skinned woman, head strong, arrogant, Over – weight, and disrespectful

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority: Over – weight, Unattractive, Dependent on Phi Beta Sigma, and country bunkers

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority: Nerds, Unattractive, Shy, Over – weight, Kappa lovers, and there are only three members on every campus

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity: Nerds, arrogant, and only will date AKA’s

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity: Pretty boys, step with canes, and womanizers

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity: Loners and country bunkers

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity: Disrespectful, Only dates Delta’s, and underachievers

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity: Loners and that there are on two or three on every campus

* I disagree with all of the stereotypes that are listed, but they are listed for readers to see how ridiculous some people actually think about those members of the D-9. Please, feel free to leave you opinions on this issue, and it will help form some dialogue between members and non – members, but only give educated responses that will help solve this problem. The last thing that is needed, is more ignorant remarks about organizations that have been around since the early 1900’s. Thanks, for reading and have a blessed day.

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