"Racism @ RIC" an open forum
The open Forum I attended was phenomenal! There were a lot of comments, statements, and points made that brought out the bottom line of this all in many different aspects. One of the girl's who was running this event, she's an Africana studies major, stated that in a sense, here on campus they want to diminish the Aricana studies major, because when walking into the campus store you see all these jackets, lanyards, sweaters, t-shirts, pants etc, of nursing, biology, psychology, business management, and all, but there has yet to have Africana studies, gender studies, and so forth. Another student, who is an africana studies major as well, speaks on her behalf, that she is not treated equally in these general education classes, and she felt that way because in most of the class discussions, she never got to really voice her opinion; to get her input. Elaborating, she talks about how, black woman are always being over analyzed, because most black people, "dark skins," are well known as racial aggressiveness. Lastly, someone in the audience made a valid point, that really caught my attention, where she believes that some white people believe that black people are always fighting to take their role as a white person, but in reality black people are fighting for equal rights; creating our own standard to be equal. This all makes a connection to the texts, "Oppression," where in a sense, these black women, may be oppressed due to racial remarks being held on campus; and "Combatting Intentional Bigotry and Inadvertently Racist Acts" when Fletcher states himself that racial discrimination still exists, and that people's vocal opinions affect what others think and say; And that's the bottom line to it all.
Short clip of student's on campus, (doesn't specify school's name) voicing their opinion