Steppin' into controversy
Gail Choice | 3/3/2010, 8 p.m.
First the word went out that a White sorority--Zeta Tau Alpha--won the largest step competition in America. Say What?!! I was surprised, and when I looked at their performance on line, I was shocked to see White girls move like that. But I also knew it was simply the "wow" factor that got them over. And historically African American people love it when White people can do what they . . . that is until they take it over, and get more notoriety and 'bling' than the originators.
Then we rush into history mode to make sure our story is not rewritten to make us minor players in the art forms, sports and traditions we originated.
The competition's winning sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha's Epsilon Chapter of the University of Arkansas, won a check for $100,000 in scholarships. But hold on, wait a minute, there seemed to be a scoring discrepancy . . . After announcing a "scoring discrepancy" Thursday, the competition's sponsor, Coca-Cola, declared Alpha Kappa Alpa (a Black sorority) and ZTA co-first place winners, each receiving $100,000 scholarship checks.
I had to make sure this claim on the internet was legit, so I went to www.sprite.com. Here is what they wrote:
Our Official Statement and Resolution
"After the competition, we conducted a post-competition review and discovered a scoring discrepancy. There is no conclusive interpretation, nor definitive resolution for the discrepancy.
Sprite is committed to upholding the honesty and integrity of the competition. Because the scoring discrepancy cannot be resolved and due to the extremely narrow margin between the first and second place winning sororities, we believe that the appropriate course of action is to name both Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Tau Chapter and Zeta Tau Alpha, Epsilon Chapter, co-first place winners of the Sprite Step-Off. Accordingly, we will increase Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Tau Chapter's scholarship prize to $100,000, consistent with first prize winnings.