I wasn’t going to address the issues occurring in Ferguson, MO, but I thought it was hilarious that the media thought this police captain was flashing gang signs while interacting with the protesters. He is a member of a national Black fraternity known as Kappa Alpha Psi.
When I was in college, I was honored to be chosen for one of the national Black sororities. It enhanced my college experience and I learned a lot about my heritage, and I was able to volunteer in destitute communities. My Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc (1920) donated books and built water wells in Africa.
My sister always joked with me about sororities and fraternities being gangs, but they are far from it. It is about making a difference in the community and…well…I partied like there was no tomorrow. lmao!
Black fraternities and sororities were created because during the time of their creation, African American students were not allowed to join white fraternities. During those days, there was a lot of blatant racism and discrimination that excluded persons of color from joining certain groups on campuses. So of course, Black people formed their own.
So here we are in 2014 and people are unaware of certain fraternal symbols and ultimately assume the safest assumption, these must be gang signs. I ultimately fault the media because we assume that they are educated individuals. But I won’t attack lay persons who probably never been to college and are ignorant to Black Greek life. I thought it was sad that this individual, who was trying his best to calm looters and protesters was labeled a gang member because people did not understand his hand gestures.
My husband belongs to a rival black fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma, which is also the brother fraternity of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. But I wanted to high light Kappa Alpha Psi just to demonstrate that it is a brotherhood of college educated men that has absolutely no affiliation with street gangs.