“A Black Girl’s History With White Southern Frat Racism,” an essay about a black alumni’s time on campus, prompted some at the school to speak out. It also prompted the administration to advise its students not to share the article.
On Thursday, after I published an essay about the racism I experienced as one of the few black students at Transylvania University, students began contacting BuzzFeed saying that they were being discouraged from discussing the piece on social media.
On the heels of the SAE controversy, the essay detailed the practices once employed at the Kentucky liberal arts college by Kappa Alpha fraternity, an organization that lists Robert E. Lee as its “spiritual founder.”
The university’s Director of Student Involvement and Leadership on Thursday sent an email to the Greek students on campus, urging students not to discuss the article on social media.
“At this time we are asking that you do not comment about the article for the time being on any social media platforms,” a copy of the email sent to BuzzFeed by a current Transylvania student said, “regardless of your stance or opinion on the matter.”