To the editor:
It is clear that students on this campus are concerned with issues of discrimination and want to see positive social change. Student Congress' proposed boycott of the nightclub On The Hill is an example of a direct action students are taking as a result of these concerns. However, while a small local business has proved an easy target, other problems at UNC still remain huge stumbling blocks in the path of social progress. One I would like to address specifically is our Greek system.
The Greek Forum's address ("Forum addresses Greek roles," Nov. 2) of racial discrimination is encouraging, but it is only the beginning. In this century we have witnessed immense progress in public integration. Why don't we set the process of private integration in motion before the next decade is out? The challenge may seem insurmountable, but change has to start somewhere. We can create a more positive reflection of society at the collegiate level, and our Greek system is one of the most obvious starting points.
This catalyst for change must arise from within the leadership of a Greek organization that is willing to take a progressive stance on campus. Wednesday night's forum promised more interracial mixers and charity benefits, but drew the line at merging the two systems. Inter-Fraternity Council president Sterling Gilreath claims that "our traditions are so different that we would both lose a lot." Imagine what there is to be gained. Black Greek Council president Russell Dula states, "I don't think it would work." No one has tried. It is clear that there are many in the Greek system with the desire to create a society that does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, origin, handicap, economic advantage or possibly even sex. But who will be the first to step forward and take action?
Junior, Economics / Political Science