Racism Is Very Much Still Alive At Miami University

Racism Is Very Much Still Alive At Miami University

Do not end the conversation on racism.

Racism is a topic that many different groups of people brush off because "it’s the “21st century and that doesn’t happen anymore.” Unfortunately, that is not the case, and racism is still ever-present, even on college campuses.

At Miami University’s campus this year, there have been two separate incidents involving the same individual. First, he used a racial slur in a GroupMe chat among dorm residents, which sparked the original outrage since that took place after all the black students were kicked out of the chat just before it happened.

Then, just a few weeks ago, this same student talked to a girl on Tinder and boasted about being "edgier," referencing a link to an article from the student newspaper about the controversy he sparked last semester.

After the first incident, this student only received the minimal punishment due to the fact that he showed remorse for the situation he caused. Again after the second incident, the student displayed “remorse” in which he was seen messaging the girl from Tinder, begging her not to give the screenshots she took to the social justice organization that she was a part of.

A student bragging about being “edgy” because of using racist slurs is unacceptable, not only through the lens the university’s Code of Love and Honor but also in life in general.

This demands action.

Students at this university are crying out for the administration to take more drastic action due to the unwelcome and unsafe feelings that are being directed at black students. I am currently in a class called "racism in US society," and during this class, we discussed what should be done with this student who repeatedly has demeaned his fellow RedHawks and ultimately given a poor representation of the rest of the Miami community to the public because of his racism.

In this class, we ended up taking a vote on what to do; every student voted for some form of action to be taken.

Perhaps we voted that way because we are studying racism in US society itself, but that only means that we have to share what we know and advocate for change within the university. Nine students in my class, including myself, voted to have the student expelled, either with or without cultural classes along with it.

While this may seem extreme, I want to bring up the question of whether it is OK to have someone on campus who creates a hostile environment, especially when he/she makes fellow students feel unsafe or unwelcome on campus?

In a society where supposedly everyone is equal, has equal opportunities, and “reverse racism” is a thing, situations like this should not even happen, yet here we are. Racism, on college campuses or otherwise, usually makes the news for a couple days, weeks possibly, and then society mostly as a whole forgets about it. The student at Miami shows that even though society might forget about it, the issue still persists, and something needs to be done about it.

Attention needs to be on racism because it is not gone, no matter how much people might want to say it is.

The president of the university issued a statement saying that “we need to rise up as a community” as a result of people continually reaching out to him to come forward with a statement about what happened.

We need to increase our attention to racism on campuses nationwide in order to create and continue discussions about racism so that this is no longer a silent or forgotten issue.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.

It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?


Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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