Sophia A. Nelson says It Was Right to Protest VH1’s ‘Sorority Sisters’

The cast of Sorority Sisters  VH1 SCREENSHOT
The cast of Sorority Sisters
VH1 SCREENSHOT

What is sisterhood, anyway?

That’s really the question we should be asking behind all of the hoopla over the likely cancellation of VH1’s ratchet reality show Sorority Sisters. And for me, the question was present all day Thursday, the 107th anniversary of the founding of my sorority of choice: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Sisterhood is, in a word, respect. It’s a concept we clearly need to revisit as women of our time, particularly since reality TV has apparently done a lot of damage to a new generation of sorors, and to women everywhere, who think that belonging to a sisterhood is merely a badge of prestige that you wear and then wield in anger: cutting people off, fighting, name-calling, hair pulling, blackballing and man stealing.

But it’s not.

And so I read with interest my colleague Demetria Lucas’ piece in The Root titled, “The Hypocrisy of Sorority Sisters Haters.” I understand the point she’s making, but I strongly disagree that it is hypocritical for the four major black female Greek-lettered organizations—Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho—to have gone after this particular show, challenging the premise and working to take it off the air, while not being as vocal about any number of other reality shows.

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Source: The Root | Sophia A. Nelson

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