Students from Pacific University and Lewis and Clark College gathered Monday in protest and solidarity as people of different races, different backgro...
When do we decide that enough is enough? Do we have to wait until a person of color is violently attacked before we take notice? The students of the University of Missouri have made it clear it is time to put a stop to all hateful comments and activity.
I love Mizzou today just as much as I did the first day I learned about it. The only way that we are ever going to grow as a university, and as a community, is to listen to what everyone has to say. I know that it will take some time for the university to heal, but I know that I will still be here while it does.
"It's important that campuses be havens of maximum comfort for students to explore their own deeply important, personal, and self-actualizing ideas, free from the unpleasant psychic residue and general ickiness of people and events of the past," said Harlan P. Wentwich, President of Sniveling Worm University.
The conservative media isn't a big fan of discussing racism. They are however very eager to discuss all of the reasons people shouldn't be talking about racism. The diversionary tactics include such classics as "playing the race card," "black on black crime," and "White guilt."
Sports have the power to bring communities together and change mindsets. Hopefully, this brave stand by a football team will make it easier for university administrators to do what is right for its own sake.
We often think of life as what we see and think and hear, but what does it all mean without words? We construct our social reality with language, and language in turn creates its own reality.
From California to Missouri to New York, structural oppression exists in every educational institution across the United States. It cannot be placed on a handful of people making prejudiced comments or simply pinned on outwardly racist, sexist, classist or homophobic actions. Systematic oppression is reflected in both the explicit actions of some and the implicit actions of many.
America's culture wars have raged in nearly every imaginable setting, from courtrooms, to CEO boardrooms, to hospital rooms and even classrooms. But who could have possibly foretold that the battle's next frontier would be fought on the Starbucks line?
A lack of access and diversity at higher education institutions threatens the economic future of the country at large and predominately minority communities in particular because most of the new jobs and careers will require post-secondary education.
Although the most recent example of activist black athletes, the Missouri players were not alone. From the "Ferguson Five" of the NFL's St. Louis Rams -- to basketball players such as LeBron James, black athletes have shown a willingness to wade into hot-button political and social issues.
Photo credits: Grace Marcelo-Ramírez, student at Cornell University. The picture shows Cornell University stud...
I don't know what it's like to be an average Black student at the Mizzou in 2015, though I imagine it's not very different from what it was like when I studied there in the early '90s.
Players who take liberal stands or conservative positions are often slammed for focusing on something other than sports. But these are not computerized players from my son's Madden NFL game or a baseball video game.
While there is much talk about developing stronger leaders, what seems a more present reality is that followers have become much more empowered to actively - and sometimes passively - reject leaders they no longer are willing to follow.
In response to the recent events at the University of Missouri, West Virginia University students, faculty, and administration stood in solidarity Thursday night. Demonstrators showcased their ability to support the necessary dialogue of campus culture while doing so in a peaceful manner.