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Monday, February 12, 2007

Racial tensions on campus


Racial tensions on college campuses is a thing of the past. Or at least it should be, but unfortunately, it is not. University of Illinois, of Urbana- Champaign, is going through racial tensions due to a debate on their mascot. Check out the story at http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096414451. The mascot up for debate is a symbol of a Native American chief, is it acceptable or unacceptable?

Personally, if another group of people feel offended by this symbol because of cultural reasons, then it is time to have a dialogue and come up with a solution. No culture should be in a negative spotlight, despite what the dominant culture thinks.

There needs to be better relations between races on college campuses. No need of a Us vs. Them attitude. The point of going to college is to experience many things that outside college life cannot. Differences need to be put aside, to better understand each other in mature and responsible fashion.

A true democracy respects the voice and opinions of all people.

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