At U of Ala., leaders tread lightly on segregation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — On the heels of recent controversy, state and other leaders are trying to figure out how to permanently change the racially segregated Greek system at the University of Alabama.

So far, they’re treading lightly. Past efforts have failed, though late last week six minority students accepted bids to pledge white sororities. The governor calls that a first step, and questions remain about making the change last.

Some alumni and faculty suggest ejecting organizations from their homes on state-owned land to force compliance. But an attorney who represents universities says that could bring more problems and less oversight.

And John Myers says using existing anti-discrimination laws or passing new ones might not work, either.

The segregated system was thrust into the spotlight this month when the student newspaper quoted a sorority member who said alumnae blocked a prospective member because she was black.

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