Skip to comments.White team’s ‘stepping’ win sparks uproar
Posted on 02/27/2010 8:39:14 AM PST by fishhound
ATLANTA - A white Arkansas teams win in a national stepping contest has sparked a fierce controversy over whether the integration of a once exclusively black college tradition constitutes a form of cultural theft.
What has happened is black youth culture, what people would call hip-hop, sort of made black culture . . . appealing to all kinds of people, said Walter Kimbrough of historically black Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., an expert on black Greek life.
The uproar began when the University of Arkansas all-white Zeta Tau Alpha team beat out five teams in last weekends Sprite Step Off national finals. A YouTube video of their performance, inspired by the movie The Matrix, drew hundreds of comments, debating whether whites should have been let in and whether judges wowed by the unlikely competitors inflated their scores.
On Thursday, sponsor Coca-Cola announced scoring discrepancies and said the runner-up from Indiana University, whose members are black, would share first place and get the same $100,000 in scholarships the Zeta Tau Alphas won. It was unclear what the discrepancies were. Coca-Cola would not elaborate.
I thought Obama ushered in a “post-racial” America?
Zeta Tau Alpha: Epsilon 1st Place Winners of Sprite Step-Off Challenge 2010
Just give it to the blacks.~sarc They’ll end up burning down the town if you don’t.~sarc off
Oh wait, you can't because no one would care.
I wouldn’t walk across the street to see that.
There is no hope when it comes to black attitudes. What’s with the grudge that won’t moderate. Isn’t there ever gonna be a time when they say “the past has passed” or “let’s laugh about things?” Where are the adults?
Ooh, I'm gonna try this one out the next time I hear some breathless media report about a racial milestone being crossed - 'the first black/brown/female' etc...
The “Whites Need Not Apply” sign was obviously not up...
Why are some blacks upset about this? If a cultural touchstone of theirs becomes more popular, isn’t this celebrating diversity?
I remember there was some controversy about a black college with white football players. I think it was Grambling, historically black, where a white quarterback created waves just by being a white quarterback for an historically black college team. And the controversy was stirred by blacks, not by whites.
Of course, if a black quarterback plays for Ole Miss or some other college that used to be segregated, that’s ok, that’s just “progress” and all that.
To insure fairness in the future perhaps we should segregate whites to another college. Oh, right we tried that.
Yeah, Heaven forbid blacks get upstaged or actually have to compete on purely equal footing. Racist bastards.
Wow! They were incredible. And the audience (mostly black) seemed to love them, so I don’t see what the problem is.
I thought race does not exist? Would the libs get their stories straight?
Who knew what color they were before they showed up? Who were the judges? If had been a ballet competition, won by blacks for superior athletic performance of dance, would there even be any "debating" about having allowed them in?
Racism is alive and well- it's just not where it used to be!
Why not just have two awards for every contest held in the country. One award for the actual winner, and one award for the best minority.
Somebody just got SERVED! Boo-ya!!
"As judges of this competition, we want to say how sorry we are that some of the contestants were born black. We understand that the playing field is not level for them, and that they lack the basic skills with which to participate in a "stepping" contest. Therefore, strictly out of pity, we have decided to award them first place."
I think if they ( blacks) want to keep somethings exclusively theirs fine.
But they can no longer wue bitch and whine about things being exclusively white.
They can’t have it both ways no matter what jesse says.
Ditto, pretty stupid stuff.
What was sad was that the majority black audience was laughing at their beginning with music box music and once these girls started kicking butt, they got booed.
All white colleges is “Racist”, but, “traditional” blacks colleges, why that ain’t discrimination bro!
As MLK could have said, Free at last, Free at last, we get EVERYTHING FREE at last!
Golf was invented in Scotland and was a 'white' game for quite some time. Funny, it was seen as a sign of progress when Tiger Woods came to dominate the game. But let a white team win in what used to be a black activity and it is to be mourned.
What a bunch of bigots.
“Why are some blacks upset about this? If a cultural touchstone of theirs becomes more popular, isnt this celebrating diversity?”
You would think so! If someone copied one of my traditions, I would consider it a compliment. Damned if ya do, damned if you don’t.
Equality ends at birth. From then on, talent and skill matter
Exactly right. This shows the entire absurdity of “special” awards for “achievement” by race. A winner is a winner, an award is an award. To in any way taint it with who “should be allowed” to win is beyond stoooopid.
Basketbal, baseball, and football were invented by whites too, you know. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Didn’t basketball start out as a “white culture” thing? And didn’t black steal THAT from the white culture? Seems to be the case to me.
Wait a second. Can someone explain this thing about “stealing black culture” to me? That looks like Irish step dancing to me and last time I looked, Ireland isn’t located in Africa.
Wow! I’m out of breath just watching.
Clip of the UVM “KakeWalk” 1966
....and the answer is, “Yes, they are.”
......And could anyone please tell me why all these girls would want to be Wiggers in the first place?.....
It’s pretty obvvious to me. From age 3 or 4 their moms made the go to dance lessons. There were recitals and the Christmas ballets with the Sugar Plum Faries et al.
They are doing what they know...... they know it well apparently
Fast forward to 2010 and people are arguing that white performers should be banned from an historically black event. Will this be taught in future history books?
I think it's become time to repeal all of the affirmative action laws. They are rotten and stink.
They call it “cultural appropriation” and evidently no dominant culture is supposed to adopt anything from a minority culture ever....
Was it "cultural theft" when Jackie Robinson integrated major league baseball?
“Basketbal, baseball, and football were invented by whites too, you know”
Of course, history will be rewritten to obscure those facts, too.
Good looking and great dancers. When I was in college the Zeta Tau Alpha chapter was a bunch of fat, nerdy chicks.
I guess we should take back all the awards Whitney Houston has won, because she is not white, nor male?
Same as when Morehead (Black) college had a white valedictorian. People were screaming about that.
The "cultural theft" argument is new to me. I guess it could lead to only blacks being able to play college backetball, only blacks and Pacific Islanders playing college football, only Hispanics and Asians playing college baseball, only Scots playing golf, and only German-Americans being allowed to drink beer.
Cultural Studies academician’s fancy name for ‘whats mine is mine & whats yours is ours’.
By the way, I like the end of that video, the host saying “If you can step, you can STEP!” and “Stepping is for everybody.”
I wouldnt walk across the street to see that.
It doesn't appeal much to me, either,
But the kids and the audience all seem to be enjoying it,
and it's obvious that such a coordinated performance requires a lot of practice and rehearsal.
So all-in-all, I'm happy to see them engaged in a positive and constructive event like this.
It's far, far better than some other ways they might be spending their free time.
The solution is very simple. Henceforth all “performers” shall wear blackface so they are indistinguishable. Everybody, including all light-skinned negroes, will have to be a very dark shade of black. That way the judges can evaluate strictly on merit and not be influenced by skin color.
The real pity is how this bit of “culture” ever escaped it’s rotten petri dish.
Did these lunatics ever study our precursor civilization? Roman culture stole EVERYTHING that worked from minority civilizations, even their gods.