TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) -- Sororities at the University of Alabama rejected two black young women because of their race, according to a recent article in the campus newspaper, The Crimson White.
One of the young women had a 4.3 grade point average in high school and comes from a family connected to the university, the paper reports.
Some students are shocked when they heard the news.
"I think society has caught up with integration and everything," Kelsi Taylor said. "And it's kind of crazy that our school hasn't."
Other students aren't necessarily surprised.
"It is a problem on this campus," Alexandria Coleman said. "I mean, a lot of things happen that get thrown under the rug. So it's a problem that definitely needs to be addressed."
Out of all sororities we contacted, none agreed to an interview. Pi Beta Phi sent CBS42 this statement:
The issues of cultural and racial insensitivity at the University of Alabama in recent days is both troubling and saddening. Pi Beta Phi proudly accepts women of diverse races and ethnicities into membership. We are hopeful, that in the weeks to come, our collegiate members and their advisors will lead the way in becoming a part of the solution to the problems at the University of Alabama.
Pi Beta Phi leadership is taking this matter very seriously and has begun looking into the allegations cited in The Crimson White article. If any of those allegations are found to be true, those members, alumna or collegiate, will be held accountable for their actions. Pi Beta Phi Fraternity does not discriminate in its membership selection practices on the basis of race, religious affiliation, national origin, handicapped status or sexual orientation. Nor, will Pi Beta Phi tolerate such discrimination by its members.
Governor Robert Bentley spoke out against discrimination based on race.
"I talked to my wife about it last night, and she said it's not the students, it's the alumni," Bentley said. "That's where it's coming from. Personally, I think they need to change their attitude."
***You can read the entire Crimson White article here: http://cw.ua.edu/2013/09/11/the-final-barrier-50-years-later-segregation-still-exists/ ***
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