Chapel Hill: Solidarity Attack on Fraternity

FratBoys06Prison Books Blog editor’s note: This post was found on War on Society Blog and re-posted here as a news story.

Re-posted From War on Society Blog

“On the night of January 13, we smashed out the front windows of the Chi Psi frat house, 321 Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, NC. We did this for anyone who has ever been afraid to walk the streets of this town because of harassment for their body, gender, or sexuality. This fraternity was chosen at random. All fraternities are sites of conscious self-organization for patriarchal power and the homophobia that supports it. They exist to convert this power into real capital.

Solidarity with all those imprisoned or facing imprisonment for defending themselves against homophobic or transphobic violence.”

3 Comments

  1. anarchistfraternitybrother

    Did that Chi Psi chapter do something? You smashed their windows for simply existing? You know, my dad’s a Chi Psi alum and he’s a pretty badass guy. Him and his brothers took over their local ROTC and shut it down in the 70s. Also, my fraternity functioned more like a radical household than any punk house I’ve ever visited and I’m pretty sure the strategy of smashing fraternal organizations’ windows without a clear, direct cause isn’t going to get our movement anywhere. What’s next? The Elks Lodge? The Moose? Knights of Columbus? Rotary Club? In fact, most of the modern day labor unions have their roots in fraternal orders. Read about the Mollie Maguires. Maybe you had a good reason to smash the windows, but I don’t think it’s clear that you knew anything about the house, who lives there, and what their politics are from this post.

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    1. prisonbookscollective

      It sounds like you should read their statement again?

      “We did this for anyone who has ever been afraid to walk the streets of this town because of harassment for their body, gender, or sexuality. This fraternity was chosen at random. All fraternities are sites of conscious self-organization for patriarchal power and the homophobia that supports it. They exist to convert this power into real capital.”

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    2. collards

      Comparing the overprivileged dude houses on frat row to the molly maguires is absurd, and i think you know it.

      Most folks, especially women and many queer men, who walk by these houses on a weekend night know what its like to feel harassed and/or verbally abused by these places. Trying to compare fraternities to a bastion of working class liberation is a sorry joke, especially on a campus like UNC Chapel Hill.

      These are places where privileged men get together to build social capital while date raping women and consuming as much booze as possible. Kudos to those who had the courage to do this, its at least as much as they deserve.

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