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After thinking about the many things that rub me the wrong way about people, particularly people on campus, I compiled a top three. I thought about all the issues as a whole and concluded that the root of the problem comes from our individualized driven society. People are so caught up in themselves that they can’t possibly consider the feelings of others, while going about their daily lives.
In this nation’s history, words have been used in various ways to describe various situations or circumstances. Some of these situations or circumstances have been positive, while others have been quite the opposite.
The hate speech incident that occurred in the Free Expression Tunnel just two weeks ago continues to plague the campus community, from the students all the way to the administration. Everyday that goes by, students remain wondering whether or not they will be safe walking to their evening courses and nervous about being confronted or being referred to by use of racial epithets. Students have decided to move forward with the movement to stop the continuance of hate speech used in the Free Expression Tunnel. However, others debate by doing so, you will be surrendering your First Amendment rights.
Students and student leaders came together in the African American Cultural Center to find solutions to address the Free Expression Tunnel incident at an open African American Student Advisory Council meeting Friday.
Members of the council as well as student senators, Dr. Jose Picart, vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Dr. Thomas Stafford, John Dailey, deputy director for Campus Police, Campus Police Director and Chief Tom Younce, and Senior Associate General Counsel David Drooz, are just a few of the staff and administration that attended to answer questions from the concerned student body. Chancellor Oblinger was unable to attend the meeting.
The scene was one too familiar to students as AASAC held a similar meeting one year ago in response to a noose placed in the Motor Pool room in Sullivan Shops. The idea was the same as well; to find out what really happened, what is currently being done about it and what can be done now or in the future to keep the practice of using of racist and threatening speech and acts from occurring again.
On November 5, 2008 the members of Phi Beta Sigma held a meeting discussing the Board vs. Brown trial. For those of you may not exactly know what the Brown vs. Board trial is here is some brief history.
The national economic crisis has now begun to affect our students more directly now, due to several budget cuts requested by Governor Mike Easley. Interim Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Jeffery Braden said, “Bad economic times for the nation and state exempt no one.” In light of the current issues with federal and state debt to the government and other key lending institutions, some outside the United States, all universities operable by any state funding were asked to decrease their budgets by up to 5 percent less of the total appropriated funding for the entire academic year. According to Braden, CHASS was asked to submit a reversion budget rather than merely cutting the funds indefinitely which gives them the opportunity to re-earn the allotted amount for further use at a later date. As a result of the newly suggested budget, administration has frozen new hire positions, current recruitment for position openings, the number of CHASS staff, and all faculty travel expenses. “We really have nothing else to cut,” says Dean Braden, when talking about potential other avenues to conserve funds.
When President-elect Barack Obama began his presidential bid there was fear his race could get in his way, not only because voters would assume his race meant he was incapable of performing the duties of Commander in Chief, but that they would see him as the black candidate rather than the American candidate for President. When it comes to African-American leaders and African-American groups, many people automatically assume they exist only to serve the interests of African-Americans and serve no purpose for the rest of American society.
As the 2008 Election came to a close, our nation made history by electing its first African American president, Barack Obama. This election is a milestone that will go down in every textbook and will be talked about for centuries on end. This election has been life changing for many Americans. Some people feel their voices were heard for the very first time. Students had very different reactions to this presidential decision. Some were elated, others were appalled, and some were indifferent.
Tuesday November 4th, 2008 marked the end of an amazing presidential campaign and the beginning of the first black presidency. Senator Barack Obama beat Senator John McCain by a landslide, winning 364 electoral votes, while only needing 270 to win.
As I was coming down off my high of Barack Obama being elected as the next president, I came across many comments and ideas about how this historical moment in history will impact the next generation and beyond. But there were some things that were said that made me pause and think: how have sports, in particular black sports figures (past and present), played a hand in helping Obama get to where he is at today. I’m pretty sure everyone has heard of Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Doug Williams, Michael Jordan, and many others, but the story of perceptions and stereotypes that these individuals have is widely unknown.
On November 4th , Barack Obama defied the odds and became the first African-American to win a Presidential Election. He showed a power and a determination that now leads others in a way to strive for their own personal gain. Rapper Curtis Jackson, who we all know as 50 Cent, has taken 14 individuals and is showing them all about defying the odds through money and power. “Get Rich or Die Tryin,’” comes to life on a whole different level.
The lingering question, “Is there a division which exists between the underclassmen and the upperclassmen?” has finally been addressed. In order to understand how students really feel, I surveyed a number of students and provided them with simple questions.
Tuesday night, a new chapter was added to our history books. In the 231 years of the United States of America, we, the United States of America elected our first Black President. Millions of people around the world celebrated. At N.C. State, after a night of parties, celebration, and tears of joy, we woke the next morning to a rude awakening.
I no longer believe in the old saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Words can hurt, intimidate and devalue not only the receiver, but the speaker as well. To rise against the demeaning power of hateful speech, a unity rally was held yesterday in the Brickyard. At 12:15 p.m. students took time between classes to gather in front of the atrium and unite against hate speech.
In a time where the country should be uniting to support our newly elected president, it seems that the results have brought out the worst in some of our student body. This morning in the Free Expression Tunnel, painted with black spray paint were several threatening and racist comments. Statements against African-Americans as a group, use of the “N” word causing an uneasy feeling in any student who may have seen it and promoting a racial divide.
Barack Obama tore down the racial barriers that have so long plagued our country when on Tuesday night, he was elected as America’s 44th president, making history as the first African American president of the United States.