I’m an Eagle Brother of Alpha Nu Omega Fraternity, Inc. My brothers and I step, so we were excited when we began to see previews of the movie “Stomp the Yard.” Maybe it will be the “School Daze” of our generation. Maybe it will have some hot moves to give us some ideas for our shows.
Judging from the previews, we all assumed that it would be a story about transformation, about brotherhood, and the importance of relying on others. These are things that my organization, and fraternities and sororities as well, hold dear. However, that’s not what we got at the movies. What we got was a story about a prideful man that get roped into doing a step show by an organzation who’s sole purpose is to win a stepshow.
You might say, “Well, it’s just a movie. It’s not that big a deal.” Well, I would say that it is. Let’s face it, fraternities and sororities already have a bad rap. They are seen as exclusive gangs that only like to party and gratify themselves. Especially when it comes to the historically black organizations, the movie did nothing more but to further cement negative stereotypes about greek life.
Yes, people are hazed in white fraternities, black sororites, green ones, blue ones, oranges ones (I have to state that Alpha Nu Omega, Inc is a non-hazing organization and our purpose is to present Christ). It’s common knowledge. If you think back in the movie, there are a lot of things you wouldn’t realize unless you yourself have been through a process or around people that have pledged. For example, when DeeJay went to the library to study and he sat down slowly. You know what that meant; DeeJay was paddled. Now, thank God I didn’t have to go through that with my organization. But I know people that did. That’s a bad thing all around, and there’s nothing you can say to excuse such actions.
Think of the profound effect such a movie could have. Maybe I feel that way because I work heavily in media, but this movie sends a horrible message about fraterities. According to this movie, true brotherhood can only be entered into by way of abuse and suffering. And even that brotherhood is shaky because you really are only working together for a shallow goal. This movies says that all fraternities do is step, stroll, and try to show each other up. That’s not true. Brotherhood is about trust, love, and committment.
question of the day: What can be done to repair the images of Fraternity/Sorority Life? If I get good responses, I’ll do another article about it.