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In light of the recent racial tragedies at IU…

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I’m not sure if you have heard of the tragedy that happened here at IU when a group of students of Asian decent were attacked by a group of African-Americans of the same age group (but not students at IU) during Halloween weekend. The students were robbed of their electronic belongings (iPod, iPad, cell phone, etc.) and a host of racial slurs were exchanged between the two groups, as many articles say. It’s just a sad, sad event that, unfortunately, does not sound hard to believe. Call me internally racist, but I have certainly seen situations like this happen before, just never to this magnitude.

I went to the emergency meeting that was held on campus in response to the attacks and I was not surprised as to how divided the room was, a kind of  mock of what the campus looks like on any given day. Everyone seemed so surprised at what had happened, and honestly, I was a bit shocked that it had elevated to violence, but considering the lack of cultural connection on campus, it was easy for me to quickly understand how the situation escalated.

Primarily, some people are just ignorant.

If you’re from a town, where everyone looks like you, everyone worships the same God you worship and everyone has the same economic struggles as you, it is easy for you to become unaccustomed to the rest of the world. It’s almost like you’re trapped in a bubble that limits your cultural exposure. What becomes detrimental to the rest of the world is that one person who steps out of the bubble, with their lack of cultural awareness, and opens their mouth. In this situation, their words were “Hey here comes Chinatown”.

Now, because of the seemingly bias reports that I have witnessed overtime, I wont go into my assumptions on whether the media inaccurately reported a type of sensationalist story that described the Asians as helpless victims and the African-American men as ruthless robbers, but I will say, that when I returned on campus to hear of the horrible tragedy, it seemed as though IU was looking toward the black community to explain their behavior and in turn I feared the worse.

Of course I am ashamed of my brother for lashing out at some strangers with racial slurs and violence, but he isn’t my brother because he’s black, he’s my brother because he exists, which is the point I’m trying to make. This issue is not a Black vs. Asian thing. It affects us all. It shows America what America looks like, and this is an issue that we all should conquer together. Shame on the news stations who made this a race issue! Shame on those who separated themselves from the issue because they were not a part of the two racial groups involved. These men were your friends, your classmates, your local citizens of Indiana, and they need you to help them help themselves.