The General President of Alpha Phi Alpha issued a statement today showing solidarity with the women targeted in a racist incident involving bananas with the letters “AKA” written on them found hanging from string “in the shape of nooses” on the campus of American University on Monday.
On Monday, bananas marked with the letters “AKA” which represent Alpha Kappa Alpha, a sorority whose members are predominantly African American women were found hanging from string in three different areas on the campus of American University. The University and public are calling this a racial incident and some are connecting this to the possibility that the perpetrator was upset that the school’s Student Government Association president happens to be held by a Black woman for the first time in history who also happens to be a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha.
The University and public are calling this a racial incident and many are connecting this to the possibility that the perpetrator was upset that the school’s Student Government Association president happens to be a Black woman for the first time in history and is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha.
Today, Alpha Phi Alpha’s General President, Everett B. Ward Ph.D., issued a statement regarding the racist act.
“Racism has once again reared its ugly head — this time on a college campus in our nation’s Capital. As you may know, the American University community has just celebrated the election of its first African-American female student government president Ms. Taylor Dumpson, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,” he stated.
“This is not a time for our brotherhood to be silent. Instead, we must stand up for our women and our fellow Greek-letter organization members. This is a time where we must put action to the words “we must fight on the ice!” Please join me in advocating for justice and fairness. Let us show the world that Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. stands on the front lines and will not stand for any backward steps.”
Read his full statement below and let us know what your thoughts in the comment section.