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University of Georgia Greeks Ban Hoop Skirts Because They Look Racist

After a meeting with school administrators on Monday, University of Georgia sororities and fraternities have decided to ban hoop skirts from their events over concerns they might look racist. 

Victor Wilson, UGA’s vice president for student affairs, explained that the ban was due to concerns over what kind of “message” the skirt might send, and compared it to a previous ban on Confederate uniforms, according to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald

In other words: The fact that people wore hoop skirts during the era of slavery in the U.S. makes them symbols of racism. 

“The student leadership, staff and advisors agree that Antebellum hoop skirts are not appropriate in the context of some events,” read an e-mail sent out Tuesday by Ashley Merkel, president of UGA’s Panhellenic Council, and Alex Bosse, president of the Interfraternity Council. 

Students had previously worn them to events such as the “Magnolia Ball.”

The “Magnolia Ball,” by the way, is an event hosted by UGA’s chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity — which has faced scrutiny nationally after a video showing members of its University of Oklahoma chapter singing a racist chant. 

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