"The amount of racism in the Greek Life system at UGA is appalling. As an underclassmen, I felt weak and afraid to speak against the overwhelming hatred and bigotry. During pledgeship the leaders of my organization would perpetuate racism by using terrible slurs and attempting to force their beliefs onto us. For awhile I simply justified the sentiments by telling myself that these people were from rural parts of the South that were immersed in antiquated beliefs and I couldn’t blame them for the way they thought, even if I didn’t agree. I thought that as some of my friends spent more time at UGA that they would mature and gain more understanding about the cultures that they radically opposed. But as we all became upperclassmen, those same individuals were still deeply rooted in their racism. I began to feel more confident in myself and felt more comfortable standing up to my so-called friends when they would say disgusting remarks, but they would brush me off and say things like “I’ll remember to not say that in front of you next time.” It was emotionally exhausting to be constantly surrounded by racism in Athens. Now that I am finally graduated, I feel like I now know which of my fraternity brothers are good people and reliable and I know who I will associate with and who I will not."