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“No man is an island,” they say. And I agree. The need for contact and companionship is as pronounced as the need for food and water in countless species on earth, and humans are no exceptions. Personal relationships are integral to our overall well-being; from them, we get validation, affirmation, and a sense of security. Wanting to belong is common, natural urge.
But when that urge turns into thirst, you’re officially doing too much.
Such is the case of two young ladies, Laurin Compton and Lauren Cofield, who are suing Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated for human rights violations after they were not accepted into the organization. Human rights violations.
Now, listen. I’m all for suing people. I’ve been looking for someone to sue since I was roughly 14 years old. I’m also all for fair treatment and doing whatever you need to do to get the fair treatment you deserve. But suing because someone won’t let you into their club is far too much. And to do so on the basis of a violation of human rights is insulting, in my humble opinion, to people who have suffered actual human rights abuses. You know, things like genocide, racial segregation, human trafficking, things like that. Not being kept out of a club.
I mean, do you really want to be the sister of someone who doesn’t want you around in the first place? If you know that someone is smiling at you because they’re forced to, doesn’t that cheapen things a little bit? Let’s say, for a second, that these ladies win their case and are then admitted. They’re going to be forever known as “those girls (or worse) who sued us.” No one is going to be saving you a seat in the lunchroom, madams. When you show up to parties, now held in the courtyard because your chapter can’t afford to rent out a club thanks to you suing them, nobody is going to be happy to see you. No “hey, girl, come get in this line and make loud, unifying noises with us!” None of that. You’re really going to spend countless time, dimes, stress, and energy to make some people who didn’t like you enough to let you in the first time let you in now? Kindly have a Sprite and a seat and enjoy both until that judgment-clouding thirst is gone.
This is nothing but a tantrum. A big ol’, grown up, ‘give me what I want or I’ll hold my face til I turn blue” tantrum. And speaking of tantrums… Kanye, for some reason, still insists on throwing his own every time he is mentioned on a list that he is not at the top of. Most recently, he called in to HOT97 to whine after he was listed number 7 on MTV’s Hottest MCs in the Game list. At this point, no one can possibly be surprised. But with the tremendous success he’s had throughout his career, you’d think he wouldn’t take each less-than-glowing thing said about him as a mortal offense. There’s plenty of validation just laying around at Kanye’s feet, tons of proof of his abilities as a rapper and entertainer–it’s okay if someone doesn’t like you as much as you do, Kanye. It’s okay. You’re still awesome. You didn’t have to call the radio station and announce that you gave Sway his first television. It really didn’t have to get personal. But, at least he didn’t sue. Yet.
Both Kanye and the jilted AKA pledges seem to think that someone–be it Sway or the AKA organization–owes them something, and that is what stokes the fire of their seemingly unquenchable thirst. As long as they feel so entitled, their mouths will stay absolutely arid and not a fire hose on this planet will be able to help them out.
Have you ever heard of MIAKA? That acronym stands for Men Interested in AKA. They are homosexual men who want the right to pledge and join the ranks of the sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha. But apparently, there’s a problem with that idea…they’re men.
No matter how sensitive to women’s issues or in touch with their feminine side, MIAKA does not fit the key qualification that it takes to be a part of the non-profit, community centered, women’s service organization.
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