University of Georgia Fraternity Student Body Bans Traditional Southern Hoop Skirts Over Fears They Could Be Seen As Racist
Watch out mint juleps, you’re next!
Via Campus Reform:
A staple in traditional southern garb, the hoop skirt, will no longer be worn by Greek students on the University of Georgia campus after a meeting last week between administrators and student leaders.
The Antebellum dress, a common outfit at fraternity events on UGA’s campus, including Kappa Alpha’s “Old South Week” and Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s “Magnolia Ball,” has been deemed inappropriate by UGA’s Panhellenic Council (PHC) and Interfraternity Council (IFC).
According to Online Athens, Ashley Merkel and Alex Bosse, presidents of UGA’s PHC and IFC, respectively, emailed the student body on March 16, notifying their peers that “hoop skirts are not appropriate in the context of some events” and they “will continue to review costuming and themes for future events to ensure the appropriateness for our organizations.” […]
The UGA ban, however, has been met with disapproval by some students. Brennan Mancil, Vice-Chairman of UGA College Republicans (UGACR), told Campus Reform that he personally opposes the ban on the grounds that that “Greek life can celebrate Southern culture without embracing the evils of slavery,” and stating that, “Antebellum dress is an historical expression, not a political statement.” More