University of Alabama President Judy Bonner addressed the segregation of sororities in a four- minute scripted video released today on the university's Vimeo page.
Dr. Bonner began by speaking about integration at the university fifty years ago when the first black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, enrolled in classes after Gov. George Wallace's "stand in the schoolhouse door."
Dr. Bonner says once again, the eyes of the nation are on the University of Alabama.
"This time it is because our Greek system remains segregated, and chapter members admit that during the recruitment process that ended a few weeks ago, decisions were made based on race," Bonner said.
Bonner says she met with sorority advisers on Sunday and announced the university would take the "unprecedented step" of opening up the continuous open bidding process to every sorority on campus.
Bonner, who is the first female president in the university's history, said that while they will not tell any group who they must pledge, "the University Alabama will not tolerate discrimination of any kind."
In closing, Bonner notes that the university has made "so much progress" in the past 50 years, but says "clearly, we have so much more to go."
She said the university will focus on the next steps the university must take in order to make progress.
The video was released on Vimeo around 11 a.m. Tuesday. As of 3 p.m., it had been played more than 18,000 times.
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