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The Kappa Alpha Order started the Old South Ball tradition in 1939 at Mercer University. It was inspired by the release of the classic film “Gone With the Wind” and served as a celebration of the fraternity’s southern roots. Girls get fucking STOKED to get all dolled up in those brightly colored, ridiculously large Victorian dresses with hoop skirts, giant floppy Southern belle hats, and — for the overachievers — those useless lace umbrellas that serve virtually no purpose other than to look more regal. Seriously, they love it.
Overall, it’s a typical formal weekend to commemorate KA’s principles of courtesy, graciousness, and open hospitality. So essentially a weekend where you get blown while wearing a paisley ascot and top hat.
But since this was the attire that was commonplace during a really shitty time period for a certain group of people, it’s obviously offensive and needs to be stopped. Nationals have taken the politically correct steps and banned chapters from using the “Old South” name and theme for any fraternity function moving forward.
Quick KAs, you still got a week to squeeze in all your antebellum plantation fetishes.
Old South actually translates to “whites are the superior race” in Latin. That’s just common knowledge. Everyone in a seersucker suit uncontrollably calls all minorities “boy.” The fabric just turns even the most tolerant person into an enormous bigot. Thankfully, nationals stepped in and put the kibosh on this Clark Gable tribute party. Can’t risk a few people looking for something to get offended about get offended over anything related to your organization. Forget tradition, just stay off the P.C. police’s radar..
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