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On Encountering Racism in College

by Simbarashe - Posts (7). Posted Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Today’s post comes to us from Simbarashe Runyowa, an Oberlin student from Zimbabwe. The topic is a delicate one – racism that Simbarashe encounters here in the U.S., and in his home nation. Throughout, he refers to “the n-word.” For those unfamiliar, there’s a racist slur beginning the the letter “n” used to refer to […]

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Race Relations and the Symptoms of a Wounded Nation

by Sarah Bosha - Posts (4). Posted Monday, March 11th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

The first time I saw the wall was at an academic debate on diversity in college admissions. I went to hear some viewpoints on what it meant to be black, white, Latino, Asian, or anything else in America. But what I heard was not a debate on diversity, but a carefully navigated, walking-on-eggshells discussion of […]

The Time I Was Told To ‘Go Back to Your Own Country and Improve Your English’

by guosilu - Posts (1). Posted Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Recently I went to see a movie called “Pitch Perfect” with Emanuele, one of my best American friends. “How did you feel about that?” she asked me on our way to the parking lot. We pushed the door and walked into freezing wind. “Well, yes I think that is pretty much it. It’s true,” I said. […]

When Your Race Is Not the Only Race: An Education in Diversity

by ZitaMF - Posts (4). Posted Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Being in a multiracial environment changes how you view yourself and the world. Whatever your race is, when you are surrounded by people of another race, you become more aware of your color, your looks, your accent, and the people who you ‘belong to.‘ You start to see that the world is divided by subtle […]

Silence is Stronger Than Hate Speech

by Phillip Dube - Posts (4). Posted Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I never expected to be a victim of hate speech at a progressive institution like Bates College.  I had heard hate speech before – “Bitch!” “Fag!” “Nigger!” “Cracker!” – but it was always something people shrugged off, convincing ourselves it was okay because we did not want to speak up.  It was a traumatizing experience […]

How Young African Leaders Are Changing The Narrative (or, Do Africans Live in the Forest?)

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

America is a country where you can find incredible diversity, but also racial and cultural prejudices.  In their time as international students, our bloggers have confronted stereotypes about their own country and had their own preconceptions about other countries challenged. Like we did last year, and earlier this year, a bunch of us hopped on […]

Question of the Week: Being a Muslim (or Anything Else) on Campus

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Many of our bloggers have brought up that one of the things they’ve been most pleased to find in America is diversity – people from all over the world and people with all sorts of beliefs and preferences. But Martin Luther King Day yesterday serves as a reminder that America has a difficult history, and […]

How do U.S. Students View France’s Burqa Ban?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, October 7th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

The University of Colorado Independent talks to students about their views on France’s decision to ban the burqa and niqab in public.  The CU students interviewed seem to feel that the ban infringes on personal freedoms. The issue of religious attire on college campuses has been raised all over the world, including recently in Syria, […]

Blessed is He Who Expects Nothing

by Senzeni - Posts (12). Posted Monday, September 20th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.Alexander Pope, Letter to Gay, October 6, 1727 English poet & satirist (1688 – 1744) Yes, of all the emotions that I have experienced since my arrival in America, disappointment is the greatest. Of course, I had not expected to see money trees lining […]

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