Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha and other BGLOs have voiced their dissent with The Mo’Kelly Report consistently throughout the course of this series on the “public” discussion of issues supposedly “private” in nature.
In a word, Mo’Kelly would describe these individuals as “discreetors,” those who believe any and all organizational “disagreements” are to be discussed, adjudicated and the necessary disciplinary measures taken internally…supposedly away from public view. Even when lawsuits are filed with the county clerk…away from the public view.
Were the molestation cases plaguing the Catholic Church an “internal issue?” Of course not.
Was the beating of Juanita Bynum and subsequent arrest of Bishop Weeks a “family matter?” Of course not.
Once it hits the legal system, it’s a public interest issue…period. The embattled parties thus have abrogated their rights to “privacy.” It’s this delineation (among others) which explains why court documents are searchable and available to the public and why medical records are not.
Alpha Kappa Alpha (as well as the other BGLOs) are non-profit corporations, meaning financial transparency is not only appropriate, it’s required by law. The movement of money then will always be an issue relevant for discussion in the public space.
$375,000 moving in a questionable manner from non-profit to a private individual is a public interest issue and no longer an “internal” issue. What transpires in a plenary session is an internal issue. What transpires in a court of law is not.
But to the point at hand…
Recently, Mo’Kelly posted a long letter from AKA Supreme Basileus Barbara A. McKinzie to the membership body. In it, she called for the suspension of the active members of the sorority who are named plaintiffs in the suit against her, the organization and the board of directors. Shortly thereafter, the plaintiffs received letters from their various regional directors that their membership privileges had been suspended.
“Our policies and infrastructure have served us for more than a century. These policies — and the elected leaders in charge of upholding them — must be trusted. While every American is entitled to their day in court, Sorors are supposed to handle affairs within the sorority. Doing otherwise violates our rules. For this reason, our rules dictate that the eight Sorors who filed this lawsuit be suspended, pending further resolution of their status at the next Boule.”
- Big Boss McKinzie in unsecured, non-encrypted letter to membership
Calling for the suspension of its members via mass email is an act of “discretion?” Intimidation? Absolutely…but discretion, absolutely not. Who puts “sensitive” information in an email, while calling for the suspensions of sorors for publicly handling sorority “business?” Suspensions are “sorority business” are they not? Is that not “sensitive” information?
It’s this same “indiscretion” for which Barbara A. McKinzie specifically alleged that the plaintiffs were in violation of the sorority’s bylaws, for not handling such issues “internally.”
So what does a suspension mean? According to the sorority’s website, the punishment is as follows.
“Suspension of a member disqualifies the individual from participating in any and all Sorority activities, in any capacity, until restored to good standing by the Regional Director, upon approval of the International President. Click the related link below for a list of individuals that have been suspended as of 2008.”
Yes, you read that right…
“Click the related link below for a list of individuals that have been suspended as of 2008.”
You bet your ass…that’s just what Mo’Kelly did.
Doing so allows you to find 37 pages of on average 15 names per page. First name, last name, chapter/university, suspension start and end date.
Two things immediately came to mind. #1, why in the world is the lay non-member public allowed to know that 542 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha are presently on suspension and much of their SORORITY information to boot?
#2…why in the world are 542 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha PRESENTLY on suspension? PRESENTLY! Not previously…but PRESENTLY!
That’s nothing short of insane.
Remember, this is what Barbara A. McKinzie had to say in her public, non-secure, non-encrypted email to thousands of members.
“Our policies and infrastructure have served us for more than a century. These policies — and the elected leaders in charge of upholding them — must be trusted. While every American is entitled to their day in court, Sorors are supposed to handle affairs within the sorority. Doing otherwise violates our rules. For this reason, our rules dictate that the eight Sorors who filed this lawsuit be suspended, pending further resolution of their status at the next Boule.“
Really Big Boss? Honestly?
If handling the sorority business outside the confines of “the sorority” is a violation of “the rules” please explain the public ridicule of 542 members of the sorority who are only “suspended” and not expelled from the organization? Why are these “affairs” public knowledge and not handled internally? You can put their business in the street, but they can’t put yours…
Which begs the obvious question…what does one have to do to get expelled and what does expulsion mean? You got it…Mo’Kelly simply just kept on reading…
“Expulsion permanently revokes the individual’s membership in the Sorority. Following is a list of individuals who, as of 2008, have been expelled from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.“
And yes, there’s a PUBLIC link listing the expelled members too.
Four pages of nearly 230 “ex” members. Women who’ve been expelled who are to never again, wear the letters, or attend any social function sponsored by the sorority on the national or local level. That’s insane.
Public knowledge for you, me and anyone who ISN’T an AKA to peruse and review. How is it that this “sorority business” is featured on the website for public consumption? Why not also include their mailing addresses and social security numbers too while you’re at it?
From the sheer numbers and manner in which they’re listed, there are questions that the leadership (and membership) must address. If 540+ members are presently on suspension, it means that either the sorority is rogue and out of control, or its leadership is akin to the Soviet Gulag.
One or the other.
What can’t be disputed is the argument of “discreet” interaction between sorors and the handling of sorority business is a farce and a tool of control. There is nothing “discreet” about a $375,000 monetary outlay for any reason for an unpaid position; stipend or otherwise. To date, Barbara A. McKinzie has not denied receiving the money, only denied that its receipt was “improper.” There is nothing “discreet” about the public humiliation of 542 members on “suspension.” There is nothing “discreet” about a wax statue…irrespective of the price, be it $900,000 or $9,000 in which to have it made. There is nothing “discreet” about an email sent to thousands of people calling for the suspension of members even before their grievances are heard in a court of law.
Most importantly, there is nothing more to say about how The Mo’Kelly Report needs to stay out of “AKA’s business.” The moment the sorority wishes to unincorporated itself and give back its 501c3 status, is the moment that its financial dealings are no longer appropriate for public commentary. The moment the sorority wishes to stop informing the non-member world who has been suspended and expelled is the moment the “public” might stay out of the sorority’s “business.”
Criminal Girls with 20 Pearls will continue…
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