March 20, 2015
A week following the expulsion of two members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Georgia’s Student Affairs program met with fraternity and sorority leaders and decided to ban hoop skirts.
“A standard aspect of event planning for Greek organizations is that costuming for events must be evaluated as to its appropriateness,” read an email sent out Tuesday by Ashley Merkel, president of UGA’s Panhellenic Council, and Alex Bosse, president of the Interfraternity Council. “The student leadership, staff and advisors agree that Antebellum hoop skirts are not appropriate in the context of some events. We will continue to review costuming and themes for future events to ensure their appropriateness for our organizations.”
Some other symbols, like the Confederate soldier uniforms once worn by members of some fraternities on special occasions, were banned years ago, Wilson noted Tuesday.
“We’ve made a lot of progress,” Wilson said. “This is just one more step. We applaud our students for being courageous and making a tough call.”
So basically the hoop skirts remind others of the Confederacy—a time of Black oppression, slavery, racism, intolerance, sexism, et cetera—and thus ought to be prohibited.
If you wish to complain, direct your complaints to Greek Life Director Claudia Shamp. Her phone number is 706-542-4612 and her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Let her know exactly how you feel about this ridiculous ban in the name of anti-racism and “progress.” Hat-tip to the Council of Conservative Citizens for providing this information.