Sororities and Fraternities In School Daze

schooldazeI think sororities and fraternities play a very interesting role in the film School Daze. Historically becoming involved with sororities and fraternities is a way to gain power and social status over others.In School Daze in particular, sororities and fraternities are used as an instrument by black people against other black people to explore and express superiority. Although Mission College is clearly an all black college, frat life is a manifestation of whiteness on this campus. We see this in the film  many times,  but I specifically want to focus on the scene in the hair salon with the Js and the Ws, although Rachel crew isn’t necessarily  sorority it still shares the same qualities of Sisterhood and strength in numbers. In this musical scene,   the two groups go back and forth calling each other slurs and insults, slurs/insults that you would normally hear from someone of a different race. A particular quote that I took a liking to, to prove my point regarding power dynamic, is when Jane Says “You’re a wannabe, want to be better than me” to Rachel. This to me perfectly illustrates the fight for power between the two groups because each of them want to represent the next elite uprising of the black race.

2 thoughts on “Sororities and Fraternities In School Daze”

  1. It’s also interesting that for the each group to beat each other they need to in some ways claim “Whiteness” more, and make it more “Black.” Following your example of how frats and sororities on campus are manifestations of White culture.


  2. I agree with you when you state that this is another examples of the “fight for power between the two groups because each of them want to represent the next elite uprising of the black race.” I think with this scene, Lee is trying to show that both groups want to “uplift the race,” but they have different means to achieve these ends. One opts for black authenticity whereas the other groups chooses to adopt Eurocentric ideals of beauty. Both groups exert moral superiority, which is where they reach an impasse and refuse to communicate, just talk at one another.


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