Blacks Need Not Apply

An incident in Georgia shows how little has changed among segregated college sororities

When a black college freshman applied to join Alpha Gamma Delta at the University of Georgia last August, most members of the all-white sorority were horrified. As they gathered inside their neoclassical mansion to discuss the new applicants, the sisters of AGD singled out the black freshman and talked about her separately. "Why does she want to go through white rush?" asked a sorority member. Another warned, "If we had a black girl in our sorority, none of the fraternities would want to do anything with us."

Their remarks so outraged one member, Ali Davis, that she filed a racial-discrimination complaint...

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