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University of Alabama Keeps Segregation Alive in the Deep South

Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke calls for an end to racism at a southern institution of higher learning.

Whenever people accuse me of playing the race card, I come across a new story that proves whites still view blacks as second-class citizens. Consider what happened at the University of Alabama last week, when the student government sabotaged a vote that would have forced fraternities and sororities to accept African-Americans and other minorities.

According to various media accounts, the student senate voted 27-5 to kill the measure before it was even heard. Some of the senators didn't want to upset the school's Greek organizations.

They should have been more concerned about the awful record of inclusion by University of Alabama frats and sororities. Since the school was founded in 1836, only one black woman has been accepted into a sorority. Last summer, all 19 sororities rejected another black female student. The young lady certainly had the credentials. She had a 4.3 GPA in high school and was salutatorian of her graduating class. It's disturbing that racism still exists at the university where a racist governor, George Wallace, blocked two black students from entering in defiance of a 1963 federal court order desegregating the school.

University of Alabama administrators should not allow such blatant discrimination at a state-funded institution of higher learning -- especially when the frat boys and sorority girls rejecting black people from their societies fill Bryant-Denny Stadium to cheer for a Crimson Tide football team that is 80 percent black. Maybe school officials should stop letting Greek members attend games for free until they clean up their act.

Of course, if the football players start giving the black power salute every time the team scores a touchdown, they would be accused of trying to incite a riot. If they took it a step further by refusing to participate in athletic events, the players would be criticized for harming the great University of Alabama.

But someone has to take a stand against fraternities and sororities excluding people based on their skin color. Until then, white students at schools like Alabama will continue acting like it's 1963.

Follow Luke on Twitter: @unclelukereal1 and @unclelukesempir

Tune into Luke on the Andy Slater Show every Tuesday, 2 to 5 p.m., on Miami's Sports Animal, 940 AM.

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