By Mike Smith
Alabama SGA Presidential candidate Jared Hunter dropped a bomb on campus politics after he wrote a piece in The Crimson White acknowledging his Machine backing.
It was a bold, surprising act rarely seen among Machine supported candidates.
The response on social media so far has been a mixture of appreciation and support.
I am here to say that this should stop.
Don’t get my wrong, publicly announcing your Machine backing takes a lot of guts and the honesty Jared displayed should be admired.
But that doesn’t make his actions right.
No matter what is written in a Crimson White column, the fact still stands that The Machine acts as a vehicle for certain Greek students to pad their resume and has systematically oppressed women and minorities for a century.
I will remind you that The Machine has burned crosses on campus lawns, painted swastikas on university sidewalks, and literally physically assaulted an independent presidential candidate.
Within the past decade alone, The Machine has systematically suppressed numerous rape allegations among their members, tossed out FYC applications for black students after labeling them with the N-word, and delayed the racial integration of sororities until 2013.
Being associated with this organization is not something that can be written off in one column.
Having its support is not a cute, little trivia fact.
Being backed by The Machine is something to be ashamed of.
Over social media, I have heard plenty of people say that admitting to be a Machine candidate takes some real courage.
I vehemently disagree.
It takes real courage for my friends who stay in their Machine sororities even though they have verbally abused, socially ostracized, and personally threatened.
It takes real courage for Lillian Roth (the incumbent and prior Machine backed candidate) to run for re-election even after some of her best friends started working against her.
It takes real courage for Gene Fulmer to run a huge grassroots campaign in the face of two giant competitors.
It doesn’t take real courage to admit something everyone already knew.
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