The Black Greek life community has been abuzz about Omicron Psi Omega. The group, a self-described “Bruh-therhood,” was founded in 2000 with a focus on bringing LGBT women together. They recently made news when images of them popped up displaying characteristics similar to those of “Que Dogs.” That, my friends, is where the controversy is.
Let me get one thing straight before anyone jumps to conclusions. I am not about to bash Omicron Psi Omega or go on some homophobic rant. Know that when I see heterosexual male groups copying attributes of Alphas, Omegas, Kappas, Sigmas, or Iotas, I have the exact same opinion. I’m rooting for Omicron Psi Omega to continue growing and providing a space for its members to flourish. More than that, I’m rooting for these women to be uniquely them.
Remember this. A group builds strength on qualities that enable others to connect with their uniqueness even though those qualities may not be unique. In the words of Heavy D, “Don’t be with anybody, let them all be down with you.”
Respect is not earned through a hand sign, pose, sound, or hashtag. Respect is earned through unique qualities that tell a group’s story.
When I think about what my boy told me that night after the Greek show, I still want to cuss him out (truth be known *smile*). But my chapter’s step routines afterward represented what made us unique–quirkiness, energy, and sometimes humor. You want folks to “put some ‘respeck’ on it” when your fraternity or sorority’s neophytes come out? Give them something unique.