School Racism Roundup

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

There seems to be a lot going on in schools and on campuses lately regarding race and racism - here are some of the headlines:

Rigoberta Menchú Tum discusses racism at MU’s Memorial Union

Even though she was not much taller than the podium, Rigoberta Menchú Tum’s message was big: racism is a sickness. Dressed in the traditional indigenous huipil, Menchú lectured about peace to more than 250 people Friday evening at MU’s Memorial Union. The Guatemalan Nobel Peace Laureate was greeted with a standing ovation when she walked in.
Families: Racism led to expulsions

The parents and attorney for four boys suspended from Belleville High School for photos posted on MySpace have threatened to file a lawsuit and said the expulsions were racially motivated.
How to address racism on campus

Some Hamline University football players dressed as African tribesman in blackface attended a Halloween party as "spooks." Earlier this year, a pair of Macalester College students wore blackface, a noose and a Ku Klux Klan outfit. At the University of St. Thomas, several students received racist hate mail under their door a few weeks ago.
Lou Dobbs protested as 'racist' at book signing

Activists accused Dobbs of prejudice against immigrants because he supports the controversial Minuteman project, a militia-style group seeking to prevent illegal border crossings. "He is, without question, a racist," said one protestor at the San Diego campus of the University of California. "He is against the Hispanic people from everywhere, especially Mexico."
‘Diversity’ Gone Awry

Should freshmen be told that they are racist as soon as they arrive on campus? This may seem like a ridiculous question, but one that must be asked after the University of Delaware announced last Friday that it would suspend its diversity training program for first-year students. Since its inception in August, the program has drawn heat at the university and nationally because of its controversial content.