Something to think about

Editorial

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.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s