My fraternity recently was suspended by Central Missouri State University and the national fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda for holding a “racially insensitive” party in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3/7 editorial, “No room for insensitivity”).
These are kids living on their own for the first time, but youth and inexperience do not excuse their behavior. Such racial statements are unacceptable at any time of life. Our nation cannot provide equality if our hearts are segregated.
There must be acceptance of responsibility for such attitudes to exist, including by us alumni. There must be acceptance of responsibility from all races of all Americans who have not done enough to improve race relations in our country.
I will work with my national fraternity and alma mater to ensure the chapter’s activities were isolated. Meanwhile, the fraternity that provided me and my brothers a support group through our college years, and friendships throughout our lives, is no more.
If this suspension results in acceptance and tolerance of others by focusing on our similarities rather than our differences, then the sacrifice will prove worthwhile — painful, but worthwhile.