Student Protests: Alone Together

Being a minority has been hard for me.  Thinking about my place in society and on my college campus leads to me stressing out about things that I wish weren’t a big deal—or a deal at all, like making white friends and worrying about their acceptance of me.  Flirting with white boys and wondering if they even find me attractive.  Overhearing racial slurs and fighting the urge to go off on a rant.  I don’t know what to do when drunk people at parties react negatively—or at all—to my cultural or religious or social beliefs, or when (white) students openly disagree with my feelings about racism. I wish that there was more I could do to eradicate ignorance, and there are times when being in the diversity club and making my voice heard during class discussions doesn’t feel like it’s enough.  It helps to know that there are people who understand what it’s like to be a minority here, and what it’s like to be afraid of speaking up about it.  It helps to know that there are people who will listen, no matter how small the group. ♦ KEEP READING

♦IN THE NEWS♦

Fortune Magazine: Missouri College Students

Last week, the University of Missouri’s president resigned over allegations of turning a blind eye to racial tensions on its Columbia campus.  Yale University is in the headlines for racial insensitivity claims among students, and the dean of students at Clarement McKenna College stepped down last Thursday amidst accusations of racism.  Similar protests and grievances are popping up at universities across the country, all of which seem to result in similar promises.

At Missouri, the administration publicly stated its plan to hire a diversity officer who will oversee racial issues among students and faculty, and then hired an interim black president. Yale’s president recently announced a plan to spend $50 million over the next five years to increase diversity on campus via targeted recruitment of minority faculty and students.  READ Diversity Disaster

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