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Here’s What A University Of Alabama Grad Wants You To Know About Rushing

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Here’s What A University Of Alabama Grad Wants You To Know About Rushing

Last week, much like the rest of digitally-native America, I became fascinated by "Rush Tok." My TikTok feed was overrun with hundreds of mostly University of Alabama freshwomen who'd uploaded their "OOTDs" as they prepared for sorority rush events, and I couldn’t get enough. Shorts: Pants Store. Jewelry: Kendra Scott. Me: Obsessed.

Thanks to my "For You Page," before I knew it, I was beginning to refer to these girls by name in casual conversation. "Did you see Kaleigh's TikTok?" I’m almost 30 years old and was never in a sorority and yet, here I was.

But one thing that was very evident to me, and I’m sure to anyone else with eyes, is that a vast majority of the girls rushing and becoming viral sensations were white women in $500 Golden Goose sneakers. “Rush Tok” oozed privilege, and while I know most of these young women will have fulfilling college experiences, I couldn’t help but think about those who will struggle to find their identity in a place where conformity is the norm, and those who were left out altogether.

On Instagram, I asked if anyone wanted to tell me what it was really like to rush a sorority at the University of Alabama, and Lindsey White reached out to me, willing to discuss her experience.

White attended the university from 2008 to 2012 and, as a Black woman, had a very different experience than what you’ve seen on most social media. White and I spoke about the segregation and desegregation of the sororities on campus and what she thinks of “Rush Tok," below.

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