I was enjoying a few off moments of my Social Media time when I was presented with a video of these delightful girls of Kappa Delta at a Stompfest. At first I thought that it was the Ques, trying to break it on down.
Yeah, I felt the same way too when I watched it:
-Angry -Defensive, like somebody stole what last little bit of cheese I had -Disappointed -Washed Out -Done
So no, I never stepped except for at my probate. I'm not the most rhythm having Delta. However, stepping to me always felt like something that came from my soul. Even when I only did it in my living room by myself or with my sands.
Does Stepping Belong to Us?
Stepping always seemed like something that belonged to us, it was raw, coming from a Black Greek culture with rich traditions in our music, dance and the struggle of slavery. And for some of us, the struggle of pledging. I mean have they even WORN these types of boots before? I wore mine for a LONG time.
When I was in college there were some Greek letter organizations not in the NPHC who were having step shows and actually fought us to be in our Step Shows so fiercely that in later generations the Fresno State chapters ended up having to take the show off campus so that it could not be "infiltrated."
A Step Away from Black Face?
So nobody wants to divide people, we just want to do our own thing when its ours. Is that unfair? Is it unfair that this video looks like it trivializes and makes fun of our culture? Just a step away from Black Face, in my opinion. Being a member of a Black Greek letter organization is an institution that lies deep in Black American roots, like church. Stepping is a large part of the Black Greek culture.
Why have these fraternities and sororities not adopted our strong sense of community or public service, but can only imitate the dancing and gold boots that they see in movies or when a few of them come to our step shows.
What about the Sprite Step off in 2010?
Don't they have cultural celebrations or dances of their own?
I get it that the world that we live in is a big old salad or soup or whatever you wish to call it. I am just asking if we should we be mad if stepping becomes diluted and just like we cannot wait for the new Robin Thicke to drop will we soon be buying tickets to step shows for all types of greek shows?
Should we mind if Other Greeks Step?
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