It seems to be an epidemic of the white college kid back-lash against the progressive demands being made at universities across America. This month University of Missouri saw racial turmoil turn into the football teams refusal to participate in any athletic activities, a hunger strike, rally’s and the inevitable resignation of the sitting President of the University. This however is not an isolated incident as this has been the course of action taken across America at MOST major universities.
The issue of inclusivity is an age old cry for help from the underrepresented groups that attend these schools, that have to deal with micro-aggressions on a daily basis, and the ever present tone of ” If you don’t like it then leave” and the “you should be happy to be here” mentality from the peers of the demographic majority. It is important to consider that students of color at these universities are focused students just the same as their counterparts of different races, however on top of school work they are tasked with representing themselves and abandoning their own mental peace of mind to instead stand their ground and demand fairness and inclusivity. The right to feel welcome and included at your school should not be something you must fight for outside of the classroom, while studying for exams and prepping for presentations, that in itself is a resume leadership section worthy bullet point if you ask me.
The culture is taking an interesting turn where white students now feel “some type of way” about the constant voice of the black student demanding change. Yesterday for example at the University of Illinois a rally was held by black student leaders on campus, some of whom serve on the Illinois student senate, and the response to said event was pretty much ‘the last of the issue some white students on campus wanted to hear’. Here are some antics they cooked up to show that they are fed up;
It saddens my heart to see such cynical reactions from the people who need to wake up the most, but it also serves as a reminder that what you are taught at home you will take with you and spread to your close friends, peers, and offspring. If we want to foster a change this generation must continue to demand it and interrupt the flow of business sometimes dependent on black service and endorsement.
Hailing from the University of Illinois I use this school as example because of my immediate access to campus relations and events, however I have observed similar antics on other campus’s and will continue to update our readers here at HazieThoughts on such things as they happen, but as the informed reader feel free to tell us what is happening on your campus or even what may have happened when you were in school.
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