|Vittorio Hernandez |||Apr 05, 2015 04:52 AM EDT|
(Photo : www.thinkprogress.org) The University of South Carolina just suspended a student for writing on the whiteboard a racial slur, the photo of which was shared on social media.
Racial slurs are fast becoming one of the reasons behind the suspension, if not the expulsion, of university students. Fresh on the heels of the expulsion of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members of Oklahoma University in March for a racist chant caught on video, it was the turn of a student of the University of South Carolina.
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The Americanregister.com reports that the University of South Carolina suspended an unnamed student who made a list on a whiteboard why the school's Wifi connection is bad, and on top of the list are N*****s. The photo of the whiteboard was shared in social media.
USC President Harris Pastides said it made an investigation before the university suspended the student, whose identity was withheld even in social media, although her gender was disclosed.
These recent incidents had some critics question if the youth now are less tolerant and more closed toward the idea of diversity. Experts said that these incidents are indicators of the U.S. struggling with these issues because of transitions, including the fact that whites, for the first time in the nation's history, are no longer the majority.
"A lot of people, even of the millennial generation, grew up believing that this country would always look a certain way, and that the people who were in charge of major institutions would always be of a certain color," explained University of Texas civil rights history professor Ed Dorn, quotes the Christian Science Monitor.
He adds, "But the color line is shifting, and in a few decades this will no longer be a white man's country ... That makes them uncomfortable, angry, and anxious."
Mycal Denzel Smith, journalist and commentator, in an op-ed for PBS, noted that millennials, who are offspring of the youth of 1980s and 1990s, "are fluent in color blindness and diversity, while remaining illiterate in the language of anti-racism."
Smith blamed it on previous generations who taught today's youth and have ignored the problem is due to white supremacy but instead just made Dr. Martin Luther King Jr - who made that diagnosis - a poster child for a colorblind society.
An MTV report on perception of race and racism among the youth found that over 80 percent of millennials said they were raised to treat everyone the same and not to acknowledge racial differences. Majority view colorblindness as an aspiration.
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