The Case For Diversity Programs In Universities

The case for diversity at colleges and universities is right here.

The case for diversity at colleges and universities is right here.

Yesterday I posted on a racist video done by two University of Minnesota – Duluth students, noting that I found it particularly disheartening because college students are supposed to be intelligent and our future past all the racial stupidity and division. Well those two girls weren’t alone and The University Of Minnesota isn’t the only university to see ignorant racism rear its head in the last weeks.

A Penn State sorority has become the focus of an investigation after a racist Mexican-themed party picture was posted to the Web, according to the independent Penn State blog, Onward State.

The picture, said to be taken around Halloween, shows the women dressed in sombreros and mustaches. Some of the women held signs that read “Will mow lawn for weed + beer” and “I don’t cut grass I smoke it.”

The photo was posted on Tumblr and Facebook, where Onward State was able to identify the women tagged in the photo as members of the Chi Omega sorority on campus.

And then in good ole liberal California, there was this:

UCLA police are investigating racist, sexist slurs attacking Asian women that were found on campus this week.

On Tuesday, a student found a sign that read “asian women R Honkie white-boy worshipping Whores” attached to a Vietnamese Student Union sign.

On Wednesday, another student found the handwritten phrase “Asian Women are White-Boy Worshipping Sluts” in the women’s bathroom of the library basement.

The student who found the second message was Antonette Sadile, the community outreach programmer for the Asian Pacific Coalition. “I thought [Tuesday’s incident] was a more personal attack,” Sadile told campus paper The Daily Bruin. “But this is a bigger impact. It is really scary. I didn’t feel safe.

Looks like we have a lot of work still in trying to get people beyond ethnic divisions. Read more on the two incidents here and here.

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4 thoughts on “The Case For Diversity Programs In Universities

  1. For more documentation of insensitive clowns check the blog Native Appropriations.

  2. And diversity awareness and respect programs need to be implemented in grade schools, middle schools and high schools, especially in mono-cultural ones.

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