A history of racist brotherly love

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 issue here is not whether we broke a few rules or took a few liberties with our female party guests … we did,” Otter begins. “But you can’t hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few sick, perveted individuals. For, if you do, then shouldn’t we blame the whole fraternity system? And if the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn’t this an indictment of our educational institutions in-general? I put it to you Greg: isn’t this an indictment of our entire American society?!”

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In the above Tweet, the individual shown was confirmed by the family of Adam Oakes to be their son’s “big” — or mentor — within the VCU chapter of Delta Chi.

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