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Posters Upset Fiji

On behalf of the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji), I wish to thank the members of the pro-gay, anti-fraternity coalition who took many hours out of their busy schedules to run a "Greek Week" campaign of their own. Not only did you successfully embarrass the organization on whose behalf you were acting, but you also managed to improve the image of the MIT fraternity system.

By deeming it necessary to delve 15 years and more into our school's history to find instances of homophobia, you made it obvious that our fraternity system has come a long way. In fact, the last organizational anti-gay action occurred in 1981, when I was in second grade and thought that "gay" simply meant "cheerful or jolly."

Perhaps the true tragedy of the past week was that instead of promoting awareness, you effectively proved that you are purely detrimental to the cause you claim to promote. In order for the homosexual community to attain the respect it seeks, it needs to educate and be respectable, not rely on stereotypes; even the most ignorant person will admit that the actions of an individual on his or her own behalf are not just cause for a group label. Were this not the case, then I could reasonably claim that all homosexuals are as irrational and ignorant as the members of your organization. Fortunately, I was not brainwashed into this pattern of thinking. The only people allowing the past to live on are the people claiming to work towards a better future. Why don't you grow up a little bit and try working towards that future in a positive way?

By the way, the "FIJI party-goer" you described as threatening to "kill queers" on Safe Ride (in 1991) was actually a dormitory resident. Maybe we "frat boys" aren't the problem after all .

Robert A. D'Onofrio '95

President of Phi Gamma Delta