Something to think about


Fraternities have their historical roots in exclusivity and privilege, as Matthew W. Hughey, a professor at the University of Connecticut who studies Greek organizations , told McClatchy News Service for an article that appeared in the Sunday Valley News last week. They were created in the 18th- and 19th centuries to protect and foster white power, wealth and status. Some still do serve that purpose.

The question today is whether young men who bond with like-minded brothers in a closed society whose origins lie in the fact of exclusion are more likely to offend against common decency than they would as individuals. Unless all that charitable work and fundraising by fraternity members for good causes is undertaken by a completely different cohort of fraternity members from those whose depredations are featured in the news just about every day, we’re inclined to think so. And that’s a strong argument for just disbanding them.


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