How college fraternities helped inspire the first Ku Klux Klan

“The Ammen Award” is granted annually by the national chapter for the Kappa Alpha Order, which is named after the fraternity’s “practical founder,” Samuel Zenas Ammen — a white supremacist intellectual and Confederate soldier. (PHOTO: “The Ammen Award” by benjaminvossler is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0)

Education is often seen as among the most important functions of a society. A well-crafted and organized education system provides the critical function of passing down knowledge from previous generations to the next ones. Education allows our society to continuously advance by creating new innovations in thought and human reasoning.

It finally happened…

There are many experiences relative only to New York City that can be intimidating and sometimes downright bloodcurdling. The first time you accidentally step onto an express train…your first time coming face-to-face with NYPD pigs…every time you cross any single goddamn street in Midtown. …

Failing to hold students accountable for misconduct, an increasing presence of alcohol, housing mismanagement and accusations of racism … it’s all here.

An unofficial fraternity house on Cary Street belonging to the now-defunct fraternity Delta Chi at VCU. (PHOTO: Tom)

Students, parents and faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University have been yearning for a moment of validation for their opinions on Greek life since the death of freshman student Adam Oakes in late February of 2021. …

Student Government President at Virginia Commonwealth University discusses defunding Greek life

“upside down Greek life sux!” by Aka Hige is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

RICHMOND, Va. — The institution of college Greek life has been thrust into the spotlight yet again. After a student’s death suspected to be caused by hazing, some Virginia Commonwealth University students are calling into question the ethics, history and purpose of Greek life on college campuses.

The death of…

How Greek life’s history gave way to classism and white supremacy on college campuses

The Raleigh Tavern in downtown Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. It was in this building in 1776 that students of the College of William and Mary first met to form what would become Phi Beta Kappa — America’s first official Greek letter organization. (PHOTO: Tom)

The 1978 hit film “National Lampoon’s Animal House”, depicts a ridiculous and unlikely power struggle. The authoritarian Dean Vernon of the fictional Faber College routinely and energetically clashes with a slovenly bunch of brothers from the college’s Delta Tau Chi fraternity chapter.

In the second-half of the film, the brothers…

How the murder of a friend taught me to support outlawing the death penalty

Since 2018, New Years Eve has not been the same holiday it once was for me. Where before stood a holiday dedicated to looking past the toils of 365 days, welcoming in new hopes as a new year arrives, now stands nothing but a moment of grim reflection.

On Dec…

When insurgent QAnon candidates rattle an already-weakening political party.

Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, (third from left) announced her candidacy for governor of Virginia in February this year. Chase and her personal senate aide, Lauren Fulcher (second from left), both frequently espouse dangerous misinformation online, and are suspected to be enwrapped in the QAnon conspiracy theory. (PHOTO: Crixell Matthews/VPM)

Even after the tense election that just took place, some Virginia voters are already looking ahead at the race for governor. But, with the inclusion of some extreme, insurgent candidates — like Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield — many voters are fearing a predictably messy electoral process in the Old Dominion.

Can a radical “anti-Antifa” strip club manager win an election? Or will history repeat itself for the fourth time?

(PHOTO: Kristopher Goad via Twitter)

A wave of fierce progressive democrats will be appearing on the ballots for many states in 2020. However, the antithetical opposition is just as numerous, and Virginia is no exception.

With candidates like Laura Loomer, R-Florida, Lauren Witzke, R-Delaware, and Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, on the ballot for 2020, it’s…

“Avatar: the Last Airbender” and the importance of morals in children’s entertainment.

I’ve always thought it unfair to pass off reasonable criticisms of children’s TV and movies simply on the basis of “it’s a kid’s show … it’s not that deep.” Fair enough, but then again that’s far from rationality.

Children’s entertainment, if anything, should haul the heaviest duty of ensuring its…

How ‘social distancing’ has impacted life around Virginia’s capital city of Richmond.

RICHMOND, Va– Since the early weeks of March 2020, the world has collectively begun to adopt a wholly new zeitgeist of how to protect and respect one another: social distancing. …

Tom

Talentless hack who writes about right-wing extremism in American politics and culture | NYC | VCU alum

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