Here’s why the election of a black student president may not be a sign of racial progress

The Machine, a secret society at the University of Alabama, has long dominated campus political life. For several decades it has perpetuated white rule and dominance over the university’s more than 33,000 undergraduates. But this year, bucking history, for the first time the Machine threw its hefty support behind Jared Hunter, a 21-year-old junior, who just became the school’s third-ever elected black president. In collaboration with The Root, The Naked Truth’s Connie Fossi explores what Hunter’s election means for the school, and especially for African American students on campus, and whether changing the face at the top of the student government is enough to begin changing the white power structure. You can read the article here

 

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