C’mon Maaan…

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… what’s good people. Let’s just get right in it. Today I want to talk about blatant disrespect. The main focus of my post:


the MIaka’s

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Now before I state my opinion, I must say that no I am not greek although I am still thinking of pursuing it on the grad level one day. With that said though, I have quite a few friends that are greek. Namely, quite a few female friends that are AKA’s. And eventhough I have yet to have an in-depth conversation with any of them (I briefly discussed it with one), I can only imagine what or how they feel about this whole situation. What I can say is, that a few messages I’ve seen online on random messageboards, are about as opposed to this whole cracked out movement as one would assume.

Greek life, is a LIFE decision. Of course you have your misguided who get involved in college because of popularity reasons. And some organizations or should I say chapters of their esteemed organizations are just as guilty for getting away from the original standards set by their founders. But that’s a discussion I choose not to get into, because hey… like I said, it’s a “few” people… a “few chapters.” Yet getting back on task, one’s decision to go Greek is a LIFE decision. A financial, educational and lifestyle commitment. People work hard for their letters, for the sheer chance to get their letters… to belong to a historical group of people. To serve as rightful descendants of their predecessors, representing and carrying the mantras that their organizations are based off of. What they stand for.

The “Divine Nine” are a internationally recognized collection of greek organizations for MEN and WOMEN.

MEN: Alpha’s, Sigma’s, Omega’s, Kappa’s, Iota’s
WOMEN: AKA’s, SGRho’s, Delta’s, Zeta’s

I repeat… there are groups for MEN as well as groups for WOMEN.

Now, in addition to the “Divine Nine,” there are other groups that have formed on campuses, that have been recognized by other universities across the country and the globe. Yet, the one thing these other groups did, is they formed their OWN groups / organizations, to represent themselves… THEIR BELIEFS. Some homosexual man made it up in his mind one day, that he wanted to be an AKA (maaan, this blog can spin off in so many tangents, it makes no sense, but I’ll try to stay on task). Now I don’t know this man’s name, but it really doesn’t matter. What matters is, the fact that he looked at his sexuality and decided a prestigious organization made for WOMEN, better suited him than one of the one’s that represent MEN. C’mon maaan. I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that he was shunned by his college’s chapter of AKA and more than likely by the National Chapter as well. So what does he do, he decides to come up with the idea of a contingent of AKA’s that are for others like him.

[note: I don’t know the history of the self-titled MIaka’s, I’m merely speculating ]

In so doing, they take the colors of the AKA’s, they take their Ivy stance, they take their sisters call, and somehow think this is okay. I was listening to the Steve Harvey Morning Show one morning and they were discussing this matter and read an email that was sent in by a MIaka member. This person spoke of how they “love” their sisters, put on social programs, volunteer… basically do everything a member of AKA is expected to do. Is this supposed to make everything okay? C’mon maaan. You’re basically stealing what these ladies have worked for, for your own selfish gain. And we won’t even begin to discuss the legal ramifications of which I’ve heard some lawsuits are on the way. C’mon maaan, the hell is wrong with these dudes. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be a part of an organization, but if it’s obvious that you can not belong to it for reasons you can NOT help / fight / nor fix, CREATE SOMETHING OF YOUR OWN. It’s okay to use something / someone as a model… but to copy verbatim, … someone please mute this nonsense.

And did I mention that the person that sent the email into the Steve Harvey Morning Show, said that he and his fellow members from his chapter and those across the country… plan on arriving in DC next year for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of AKA.

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That’s all I have to say about it. Please feel free to respond and speak on what you think about it. And please no replies of how you are anti-Greek (if you are). If that’s the case, then speak on what is laid out here, without spinning off into too much of a tangent.

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Say maaan, that’s it and that’s all I got for this post. I’ll get up again real soon.

IT’S DA’KID

Mr. RLW :: they call’em Y.oung G.O G.ETTA

11 thoughts on “C’mon Maaan…

  1. Woooooooooooo. I was doing alright reading this entry, until I saw the part about them trying to show up where I’M gonna be at in ’08. Wooooooooooooooooooooo. Note to self: Keep your cool, Chi, and stay focused . *woosah-woosah*

    Now, I just celebrated my 30th year anniversity for my chapter just last weekend, and if I saw a bunch of these MEN walking in our banquet, that is FLAT OUT disrespect. At first, I thought this was just some folks hating and set this up as an internet joke, but then I saw that someone posted a pic on a site I frequent as a joke, but I dismissed it. Until I read this blog here.

    These group of men are a parody, and they may be accepted in their communities but they and their foundation will NEVER pass nor be accepted as women of any type of sorority. But if they can make their own ‘foundation’, they can get their own colors, affiliations, symbols and slogans, if they are going to call themselves being legit. There is ONLY ONE Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and that will NEVER change. If they are saying they are not being disrespectful by trying to be the MALE versions of us, they are every bit of liars as they look. This is straight up Gay pride gone wrong……arrogant enough to ATTEMPT to ‘clone’ the first Black Greek Sorority which could lead to the other sororities of the Divine 9 (and maybe even women to emulate the Fraternities) being impersonated in such a fashion.

    Bottom line, you can do whatever you want, but there are some things that are better left unsaid and undone, no matter how much you want to do so and this is MOST definitely one of them.

    I know they want to be us. And I can understand that, because we are simply phenomenal. But whatever happened to respecting one of the oldest historical institutional entities that we have in our Black Culture?

    *line steps, stops, checks the mirror, flashes green eyes fit to kill, and keeps it moving and chanting*

    “Now we are imitated by the gay boys, *sigh* but once again there is but one Real McCoy.”

    Skee Wee!!!!

    Soror Chi~
    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

  2. *Referred by my Soror, Lady Chi *

    This MiAKA mess is Ri-DAMN-diculous! they have been around for years (I pledged in ’86) but never to this extent, and with such publicity. I totally agree with Chi that they need NOT show up in DC next year, cuz it wll get ugly, quickly.

    There is no way that this is flattery, in my opinion. It is delusional and disrespectful andI hope that someone is able to speak some truth to these brothers really quickly.

  3. ‘Preciate the reply Chi and Ebony.

    The thing is, I honestly do not believe they are trying to be disrespectful or trying to, hell I don’t know what they’re trying to do. But I think they honestly… do not see (or want to see) that nothing about this is right or justifiable. It’s … wow.

    From “hearsay” … this is certainly not a new phenomenon. However, I think it’s gaining steam and being brought moreso to the light and out from under the shadows, because:

    a.) homosexuality in society is REALLY just another part of life these days. It’s no where near the taboo it once was. And it’s been this way for some time now

    b.) the 100th anniversary is next year. So maybe they’re readying themselves for some form of acceptance for when they show up in ’08. (again I’m speculating here so no one take my words as the end all to be all)

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    … but I really do not see any form of acceptance coming ANYtime soon, if at all.

  4. I am not a greek.. but I know it’s disrespectful. These ladies have worked hard to have their place. This is pure mockery.. whether the intent of these miaka men was/were good or not. They need to make their own chapter… of something else… this is pitiful.

  5. What in the pink-and-green bumble fukk is this madness?? I’m not greek (although I’ve been pushed to go Q by my Delta godmother), but I’m insulted by this. This is downright trademark infringement by a bunch of lazy batty boys that want some letters. Here’s a thought, BE ORIGINAL!!! If our brothas and sistas can do it, if Jews can do it (AEPi – friend of mine at DU was a member of the first pledge class on our campus), and an honors fraternity can be made , then you can too! Come up with something that is truly your own and represent for your community with dignity and respect for yourselves and other fraternities. How in da hell are y’all even going to be recognized by any Hellenic council if you’re nothing but a rip-off??

    If they roll to the AKA 100th in my town, I’ll roll to the hotel just to watch the sparks fly and help my sistas out.

  6. referred by Chi

    I am a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and I must say that very disenchanted would be an understandment. These “people” must realize that we have joined our respective organizations for a reason beyond popularity, and needless to say, it is not a joke by no means necessary. I do not find what they have done amusing in no way, shape or form and feel that they need to be educated about how precious our organizations are. There are too many legacies that should be cherished and appreicated….these fools have no idea what they have done……………there’s a time and place for all things……….

    Atomic Kitty
    Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

  7. Greetings and salutations. I was directed to this from a friend of mine and would like to offer my two cents.

    I first came in contact with this when I was in Memphis at one of the local gay clubs some years ago (instead of AKA’s there were men as Deltas). I was taken back quite frankly, and I remember asking myself, “can they do that??” At that time I was more worried about the legal ramifications for them, than how silly they looked.

    I don’t agree with what these gay men are doing. I am gay myself, so in no way is this a dis to gay men. I think, as the point has been made, these young women work hard to receive their letters. I am thinking about pledging zeta when I in Grad school, but who knows. It is just not right to steal someone else’s traditions and say they are your own. That is, no less than what white society has been doing to black folk since the beginning of time, which I don’t agree with.

    As the original poster emphasized, there are frats (for young men) and sororities (for you women). If these young men want to be a part of something like that, than there are frats they can be a part of. If they are not interested, they can create their own Frasority (which is what it is), with their own bylaws, their own traditions, steps, hand gestures.

    In my opinion these kinds of groups are just insulting to these national organizations who have worked very hard to be where they are.

    It is my hope that they disband and BE ORIGINAL!

    peaces!

  8. Blessings.

    I pledged Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc, Spring 98 and proud of it. I have developed a kinship with my sorors that defines true sisterhood.

    I don’t agree with this at all. I realize that we are in the year 2007 and allot has changed, but this disrespectful.

    Be gay, that’s fine. But you are a MAN, and just because you feel like a woman, your anatomy proves you wrong.

    If these…men, need to ‘define’ themselves with a greek, create one of your own ideals and expectations, don’t defecate on the legacy of black greek life.

  9. I’m not a memeber of anything greek but this is just ridiculous what these guys are doing. It doesn’t matter what they intended to do, the fact is that they went about it all wrong. I agree with you completely. Also, This is tarnishing to this organization because they should choose what represents them and what they’re about. This is also illegal, like stealing and it’s morally questionable. See this is the problem with people who don’t have moral boundaries, they end up doing things just cause they feel like it regardless of if it’s right.

    What a selfish deed! They should have created something of their own that was nothing like anything else, but instead they basically mimicked and acted as if they could simply make a spin off without taking the proper measures to do that legally and rightfully. I’ve been here before and still there, so many poetry forums of ex members who copied every drop of my forum and spammed my members.
    Anyway, What nerve, for them to act like they’re entitled to so choose to take something that doesn’t belong to them…kind of reminds me of my last blog and the type of mentality I’m so sick of.

  10. man them dudes is out they mind!see thats whats wrong with our society now we wanna accept shit even when we know it’s wrong!if you in a greek organization stand up and protest this shit!there are no more leaders in the black community any more,and not just for this situation but for alot of other issues in america,things are getting worse because people are to damn easy to except and learn how to co-exist with bullshit like this!shit pretty soon they gone let gay dudes play in the wnba!

  11. that cracked me up!! before I read your long a$$ blog (smile) i was SO confused!!! why am I seeing grown a$$ men posing and pointing at there out stretched foots. i was puzzled until I got to your blog about the Gay fraternity. hey do you fellas, but them damn poses like to had me pee on me-self!

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