White Reporter Apologizes For Her Ignorance Of AKAs During Kamala Harris Event: ‘Did Not Expect To Hear Screeches Here'

Bet she won't do that again ...

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| January 10 2019,

7:52 pm

A white journalist got clowned after she referred to a Black sorority’s call as screeching.

If you went to an HBCU or hung out with other Black folks at your PWI, you’re probably familiar with the nine Black Greek organizations known collectively as “The Divine Nine.”

You’ve probably seen them stroll or step and know when they let out one of their calls, a chorus of their fellow members will respond.

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and said so during an event for her memoir in Washington, D.C. As CNN's Nia-Malika Henderson noted on Twitter, the congresswoman also shouted out her alma mater, Howard University.



This led to a rousing skee-wee from her sorors.



Washington Post journalist Chelsea Janes, who was covering the event, didn’t seem know anything about the Divine Nine or Howard; she tweeted about "members of her Howard sorority" who began "screeching" and wrote "I didn't expect to hear that here."




Her commentary sent a wave of pink and green into her mentions:









Some users took the time to correct Janes about AKA history, noting it isn't a Howard sorority as the writer suggested, but an international organization that was founded at HU:




Janes eventually deleted the tweet in which she misidentified the AKA's signature call and apologized, writing that she "had never heard about the Skee Wee call before, but I certainly have now."



This is why diversity in media matters.


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