do not see why people are having such a problem with this. This was not the first time that this group won. I understand that there were several qualification rounds which they had to make it through. They earned a chance to compete, and they brought it. Besides, and this may get me in some heat, I enjoyed their routine more than the AKA's who clearly had a "type" on their team; i.e., "dark-skinned sisters or sister with naturals need not apply because so much of our routine involves flipping our WEAVES back and forth, from side to side, and staring at our hand incessantly as if it were a mirror."Well you are right about the AKA's. I glimpsed at their intro and it was mostly weave swinging and arms flailing. However, I think the issue for me personally is the same sort of slight irritation that comes when white musicians imitate black bluesmen and become fabulously rich while the bluesman died in poverty. Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley, and John Mayer come to mind. That's not to say that these artists aren't talented or don't produce good music, but the point of co-opting and profitting from blackness remains. Stepping is a black artform.
I'm also aware of how very exclusive white sororities have been. It's very rare to see a black member of a white sorority, and seeing 1 or 2 black members in a white sorority has only been happening within the past 10-15 yrs or so. I couldn't tell whether one of the Zeta Tau Alpha steppers was african american or not, but it did make me wonder why they would want to engage in "stepping", which is again, a distinctly black thing, done by black sororities and fraternities and correct me if i'm wrong, but it's also linked to slavery. oh, nevermind $100K would make me wanna mimic another culture as well
I suppose shows like americas best dance team and so you think u can dance have influenced a broad array of americans to experiment with stepping and like jazz, blues, rap, breakdancing,etc it will become "american" rather than just a black thing - and that's probably not a bad thing. Probably if they had'nt been handed $100K for co-opting african-american culture it wouldn't be such a big deal - just another group of white women imitating black women - no different than lip injections and booty implants.