I wrote about the anti-Greek Life movement after George Floyd and the racist and misogynist roots of the Kappa Alpha Order, specifically the frat's defense of white womanhood and pro-Confederate identity. Please read and share. #twitterstorians

timeshighereducation.com/blog/us-frater…
Here is the meat of the article (it's behind a paywall). Short thread follows.
Kappa Alpha Order isn't alone in these problems, but it is the mot egregious. During the Jim Crow era, the frat told members that the defense of white womanhood was a virtue. For that matter, it still does in 2020.
Ofc, KA's journal was riddled with these defenses of white womanhood. Here's a glowing 1915 review of the notorious film THE BIRTH OF A NATION, a film that celebrates the KKK as the saviors of Reconstruction and features a former slave being lynched for threatening a white woman.
In 1925, the KA Journal reprinted a letter written by Mississippi Senator John Sharp Williams, who helped defeat the Dyer anti-lynching bill. In the letter, JSW defended the original KKK and excused lynching as "irresistible" when done for "rape of defenseless women."
KA told its members that Sharp's letter was an "excellent defense of the South." A few years earlier, the KA Journal voiced support for the defeat of the Dyer Bill that Williams helped defeat.
In 1922, an associate editor for the KA Journal published Lost Cause fan-fiction about the Reconstruction era, in which KA helped save the South when [white] women were threatened by recently emancipated African Americans. This wasn't uncommon in the journal.
This is an oft-reprinted quote that KA attributed to one of its founders. But it is more Lost Cause mythology coupled with an explicit statement that African Americans were excluded from the frat. And, by extension, that only white men could be the gentlemen that protected women
The most recent version of Kappa Alpha Order's handbook still contains a different version of that oft-reprinted quote, and links it directly to the frat's "Spiritual Founder," Robert E. Lee.
This is a lot of historical work that Kappa Alpha Order asked me to do itself. But it's also to point out that there are legacies to this history. Just last year, 3 KAs from the University of Mississippi posed armed in front an Emmett Till memorial, smiling. As per my article:
I've perviously written about KA's veneration of the Reconstruction-era KKK and complimentary white nationalist Crusader mythology. Check it out too.

Here is another piece from my presentation at Narrative & Nostalgia last year. This time on the Lost Cause and defense of white womanhood.
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@maximillian_alv a companion piece to my original in @ChronicleReview in @timeshighered

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