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Meibers, Bonnie. “Miami Minorities Struggle With Racism On Campus”
The specific article is titled “”Miami Minorities Struggle With Racism On Campus” discusses how people met to discuss the occurrence of racism on campus. However, it points out that students in the Office of Diversity Affairs laughed at the notion of racism being eliminated on campus. At the “Conversations on Race”, which was held to address these challenges, some students even indicated they were regularly told, ““Go back to where you came from, n**ger!” or “Can you speak Ebonics?”” (Meibers). Notably, the article indicated that white students make up 80% of the student body, contributing to the problem.
This article is particularly significant because it provides an insightful view into how prevalent racism is on campus. Through showing both the percentage of student body that is white and the types of racism taking place, such as offensive remarks, it becomes more possible to recognize just how difficult and penetrating racism has become. While it does show steps have been taken to address the problem, clearly more significant action needs to be undertaken to solve these challenges.
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Fugleberg, Jeremy. “Racist Posters Hung On Miami U. Campus”
In Fugleberg’s article “Racist Posters Hung On Miami U. Campus”, the author examined racist posters that had been placed up around Miami University campus. The posters were White Nationalist posters and campus spokeswoman Claire Wagner indicated that she was not aware of who had posted them, but that they are being removed. The article indicated that one poster read, “Tired of Anti-White Propaganda in college? You aren’t alone” (Fugleberg). The poster also included a QR Code with a link to a white nationalist website. Another poster was openly critical of Black Lives Matter and “LGBTQ.”
While Meibers’s article focused on racist comments that had been made, this article also recognized that racism had taken place through more concrete methods. This article and the posters it discusses are even further significant because they attest to a concerted effort on the part of some people to advance a racist agenda. Although the campus removed the articles, they did not discuss more pro-active ways to prevent such posting or to attempt to punish the people who engaged in these actions in the future.
Vicar, Nathan. “Miami U Students Charged After Racist, Homophobic Graffiti Found”
Nathan Vicar’s article “Miami U Students Charged After Racist, Homophobic Graffiti Found” explores an incident in which two Miami University students were arrested for creating racist graffiti in a dorm room. Specifically, these students defaced a campus bulletin board with racist graffiti. The two students involved in the graffiti incident were arrested and will face a third degree misdemeanor for criminal mischief. Among the racial slurs contained on the wall include words directed at African Americans, and Jews, including the inclusion of a Nazi Swastika.
This article is significant because it shows that racism is pervasive among some members of the student body. Notably, the students involved in creating the graffiti were arrested. This is contrasted with the two previous articles in which no significant legal action was taken to thwart racism. Still, the occurrence of racism attests to a student culture at the university that does not take such actions seriously in all instances and is on the verge of becoming even worse.
Callender, Samantha. “Viewpoint: Racist Commentary At Miami University Prevalent On”
Samantha Callender’s “Viewpoint: Racist Commentary At Miami University Prevalent On Anonymous App ‘Yik Yak'” discusses how the mobile application Yik Yak is being used by some students to make racist comments. The article indicates that Yik Yak is a microblogging applications that allows students to post. Some students have begun using the application to criticize the college’s Cultural Center. They indicate that some students have posted that the cultural center is the anti-white room and have attempted to criticize it on those grounds.
This article is significant because it shows the ways students have engage in racism through the Internet. Such findings are particularly notable in relation to the fact that such posts are anonymous. This provides students with the means of expressing their true opinions. This makes it even more troubling that students would believe and post such racist commentary. Further, the university did not indicate that it was taking significant action in addressing the concerns about the posts.
Mulligan, Georgia. “The Real Oxford Asians Of Miami University”
Georgia Mulligan’s article “The Real Oxford Asians Of Miami University” discusses on Oxford Asians twitter account that was recently removed. The twitter account included posts that were meant to be satirical about Asians on campus, but the posts were offensive to some of the Asian students. The account was taken down and a new account was put up. However, the new account expressed the Asian American student experience in a more appropriate way, showing the positive possibilities of social media.
This article was significant in that it showed racism on campus was not just directed at Asians as well as the other minorities discussed in the articles above. This article was also particularly notable because it showed a pro-active way that such racism could be addressed. Through using the same means of criticizing a person for positive ends, the incident showed one of the ways that progress could be achieved. This is unique from the other articles discussed.
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“Miami Students Counter-Protest Religious Hate Group”
In the article “Miami Students Counter-Protest Religious Hate Group”, the author considers a protest that occurred. In the protest, Miami University students engage in a counter-action against a religious hate group that had been protesting on campus. Specifically, the religious hate group had stated things such as telling people they will burn in hell and that gay is good. However, the Miami University students protested back by indicating things such as God created people the way they are.
This article is significant because it provides insight into the ways that some students on campus have attempted to combat racism and hate speech. Similar to Mulligan’s article about the Asian twitter account, it also shows that the same means which people express racism can be used to combat racism. Through such a powerful approach and the students’ actions it shows that although a significant amount of racism exists on campus, it is not indicative of all students.
- The Miami Student, 2015, http://miamistudent.net/miami-minorities-struggle-with-racism-on-campus/
- Cincinnati.Com, 2017, http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/11/22/racist-posters-hung-on-miami-campus/94281868/
- Fox19.Com, 2017, http://www.fox19.com/story/28733985/miami-university-investigating-an-incident-involving-racist-and-homophobic-graffiti
- Not In Our Town, 2017, https://www.niot.org/blog/real-oxford-asians-miami-university
- The Miami Student, 2016, http://miamistudent.net/miami-students-counter-protest-religious-hate-group/