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Old 03-03-10, 08:36 AM
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Visit any of the nation's more than 100 historically black colleges or universities and you'll see clusters of men and women engaged in the rhythmic clapping and foot stomping routines known in black Greek circles as "stepping."

Now a white Arkansas team's win in an Atlanta step competition has started a fiery debate over the African-inspired tradition and whether the integration of a once-ethnically exclusive activity constitutes a form of cultural theft.

"What has happened is black youth culture, what people would call hip hop, sort of made black culture accessible and appealing to all kinds of people," said Walter Kimbrough, president of historically black Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., and an expert on black Greek life. "It really now has become an American experience."

The uproar began when the all-white Zeta Tau Alpha team from the University of Arkansas beat out five other sorority teams to win last weekend's national final in the Sprite Step Off competition. A YouTube video of their performance, inspired by the movie "The Matrix," generated hundreds of comments.

Posters questioned everything from whether a white group should have been allowed to compete to whether judges wowed by the unlikely competitors inflated their scores to let them win.

"Good Job but let the Black folks have their own thing for once!!!" wrote one commenter posting under the name "titetowers" who said the Zeta Tau Alpha team did well but should not have won.

On Thursday, sponsor Coca-Cola announced "scoring discrepancies" and said the runner-up — the Alpha Kappa Alpha team from Indiana University, whose members are black — would share first place and receive the same $100,000 in scholarships that the Zeta Tau Alphas won.

It was unclear what the discrepancies were and Coca-Cola would not elaborate.
I wonder what would happen if Chad Hedrick's bronze in the 1000m was elevated to gold because blacks and asians aren't historically known for speed skating.

Looks like Dr. Luther King's dream about people not being judged by the color of their skin hasn't been realized yet.
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"Online Debate Rages"

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"Online Debate Rages"

No kidding. Maybe the plan is to have a news story every time someone says something stupid in a YouTube comment. Newspapers will have to hire hundreds of thousands of new reporters and the economy will be saved.
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once-ethnically exclusive activity
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Reminds me of the cheerleader routine in Not Another Teen Movie.

"You better baa-ring it!"


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No kidding. Maybe the plan is to have a news story every time someone says something stupid in a YouTube comment. Newspapers will have to hire hundreds of thousands of new reporters and the economy will be saved.
I think Coca-Cola awarding another $100,000 prize without elaborating on the "scoring discrepancy" is more newsworthy than YouTube comments.
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I think Coca-Cola awarding another $100,000 prize without elaborating on the "scoring discrepancy" is more newsworthy than YouTube comments.
Indeed. Although it's probably the right move from a marketing standpoint as long as people shut up about it.
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Reminds me of the cheerleader routine in Not Another Teen Movie.

"You better baa-ring it!"
"Oh, it's already been brought-en!" One of my favorite scenes.
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Brrr. It's cold in here. Must be some Toros in the atmosphere.
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Okay, but I want long track speed skating back, to the black guy has to go.
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Okay, but I want long track speed skating back, to the black guy has to go.
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Hip Hop was invented after The Beastie Boys became the first group to go #1 with a rap album because the Black Cabal didn't ever want that to be repeated. Always keeping the white rapper down.
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I see this as a positive rather than cultural theft. Isn't it a good thing that the sorority has embraced a portion of black culture, and taken it seriously enough to win?

But alas, the online debate rages on.
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Even though the Zeta footage wasn't shot from a great spot it seemed to me they were much better than AKA. I don't know much about the traditions and such but the AKA performance seemed filled with props and hairography and not nearly as technically difficult as the Zetas. The audience seemed to be way more into the Zeta routine too.
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Becasue they are racist.
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Sort of like how Elvis brought R&B into the mainstream, and for his troubles he gets called a racist in a Public Enemy song.
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Even though the Zeta footage wasn't shot from a great spot it seemed to me they were much better than AKA. I don't know much about the traditions and such but the AKA performance seemed filled with props and hairography and not nearly as technically difficult as the Zetas. The audience seemed to be way more into the Zeta routine too.
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This is a much better view but it is not the full presentation.
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So some people are mad that people outside of their culture/race are interested in something they do? And they are mad that they want to do it? There was this guy Jackie who was a fan of a game that another culture/race played. The people playing it weren't wild about the idea, but they finally came around.

I didn't realize it was Bizzaro 1947 day.
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So some people are mad that people outside of their culture/race are interested in something they do? And they are mad that they want to do it? There was this guy Jackie who was a fan of a game that another culture/race played. The people playing it weren't wild about the idea, but they finally came around.

I didn't realize it was Bizzaro 1947 day.
They aren't necessarily mad that other people do it, they're mad that apparently other people do it better than them. So your analogy still applies. That's why the media had to bring Tiger down a notch...
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Black folks to white sorority: "Why you gotta be steppin'?"
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Black folks to white sorority: "Why you gotta be steppin'?"
What's next, fetchin it?
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