Written by Markeesha Overstreet
From Love and Hip Hop to Basketball Wives, Black women have been the oppressed. Since the beginning, we have been regarded as “inferior” and consistently have had to work to be evaluated as “equal” or “superior.” Let’s be candid, as and when something hits home, it hits home!
As a Black woman that is also a member of a Black Greek letter organization, it is clear that “Sorority Sisters” is a distortion of all historically black sororities. The actions of all cast members do not reveal the high ethical standards that are synonymous with women of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, and Sigma Gamma Rho.
I have been in tune with the battles that are consistently braved due to the degrading nature of the characters displayed on television screens all over America. The difference? The ex-lovers, ex-wives, and certified ‘Bad Girls’ have not chosen to join the reality television mayhem under the guise of a “Sorority Sister”. Meaning, no other women have chosen to take their affiliation with remarkable groups of women that have altered history to exploit their organization.
THIS production was never intended to depict the true nature of a “Sorority Sister.” The women selected are not shown upholding the standards of scholarship, sisterhood, and service; yet, they happily display the demented views that most accept as the modern day Black woman due to shows like Bad Girls Club, Love and Hip Hop, and Basketball Wives. We all have choices. We all know that drama and bad word are the main components of these shows.
No, No, No, NO ‘Sorority Sisters’ is not filming a trek from community service to an executive board meeting where a Soror is President of the Afro-American Student Organization, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, or the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
There are no illustrations of the sacrifice that the Black woman makes in order to positively impact the community by delivering food year round to those with a shortage of portions.
There is no scene of the highway and campus clean ups.
There is no true depth behind the portrayals of these women of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, or Sigma Gamma Rho.
Let’s have a moment of honesty, shall we? African-American Greek organizations attract a different breed of individuals. This by NO means makes Black Greeks elite, but in most cases Black Greeks have higher grade points averages, are more involved in the campus community, and for most campuses, exhibit a higher graduation rate when comparing Black Greeks to the general Black population. It makes us LEADERS.
My sorority taught me and continues to teach me about service with an impact, love toward all mankind, patience with ALL my fellow man, the power of scholarship, and how to overcome any and all obstacles as a Black woman. It is evident that none of these features are depicted in the women chosen to represent organizations that contain millions of members who labor to maintain the foot print left by their respective founders. Do you think that was by mistake? Really? Wake Up!
This television show serves as yet another avenue to devalue women.
The storyline of Sorority Sisters in no way exemplifies the high educational, intellectual, and moral standards; the VERY foundation of Black sororities. The personal deeds of the cast were debasing. Is that what your founders set out to accomplish in 1908, 1913, 1920, or 1922?
To my fellow Greeks that are belaboring the subject on whether I should be mad NOW or whether I should have been mad THEN: you need to step back and reflect on your assessment. It is important to believe in something, else we would FALL for anything. I am proud to be a black woman and with joy, I combat the degenerating behavior openly displayed by reality television personalities. I have never ONCE tuned into these shows. WHY? They served no purpose.
You know what is really disappointing? My “Sorority Sisters” seem to have accepted their fate through illustrations of FOOLERY. Would you be ok if there were more Sorors that displayed more stereotypes from your particular sorority? We know that all “SORORS” are NOT the pristine representation that we wish to display to the world, but would you really like to believe that something as sacred as what our founders FOUGHT for should be commercialized and demeaned openly without sanction?
No, I would hope not. My womanhood is bolstered by my ability to affect change. My womanhood is given power by my capacity to encourage my fellow man. My womanhood is deeply entrenched in my love of self. As a woman of color, who is also a member of a historically black sorority, I am determined to never perpetuate the pessimism readily available through so many avenues of entertainment, rather I am resolute in my calling to sisterhood, scholarship, and service.
So to answer your question, yes, I BEEN Mad.
This guest article was written by Markeesha Overstreet. To connect with her, follow her on Instagram @Thedivaisowt.