TIME FOR CHANGE: THE PUSH FOR REAL RACIAL DIVERSITY ON AMERICA’S CAMPUSES CONTINUES IN 2015
I would love to say that my four years at Marquette were free of any racial incidents but that would be a blatant lie. More than once I saw students of color being marginalized for no reason other than their race. While these events were rare, or because I am a white woman I did not appreciate the subtlety of the racism and thus the pervasiveness of the problem, they did occur. Now fast forward more than two decades to the middle of the second decade of the 21st Century and once again we are confronted with racism on college campuses in the United States.
It took a potential $ 1 million hit to the University of Missouri by the football team threatening to boycott this weekend’s game against Brigham Young University to bring down university President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. Wolfe had been accused of racial insensitivity by some and outright bigotry by others. The truth is that bigotry is rampant on college campuses in America because of the polarization of politics that has taken place in the past two decades culminating with the election of the first person of color as President of the United States.
Conservatives are outraged at Wolfe’s departure calling the student activists radicals and worse in their online missives. I applaud both the character of the students at Missouri and the resolve of the athletics department which stood behind the football players and their coach in support of the student activists. This has been a long time coming and isn’t isolated to Columbia, Missouri. Just yesterday students took to the streets at Yale University seeking to have their voices heard over the echo chamber of white male patriarchy.
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Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
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