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I am a very proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. (Lambda Epsilon chapter, Tuskegee University). I think that the article you wrote (“Greek Tragedy,” 6/18) on black Greek-letter organizations (BGLOs) was very informative but also very deceptive, derogatory, and negative. People who are not part of an organization often like to highlight the problem areas, or the “negatives,” they are aware of with the organization. I have a problem with this.
The Omegas, like many other BGLOs, have done much more for their respective schools and communities than just hospitalize and humiliate pledges. In fact, I know that the Omegas have given more money to the community in the form of scholarships and donations than they have paid in lawsuits. BGLOs have a great tradition and great pride in that tradition. I think that it is only fair to focus as much on the more positive things about BGLOs as you do on the negatives. Then let’s see which side prevails.
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