Skip to comments.Is George Zimmerman on Your Campus? (A large pail, sack or bowl is suggested)
Posted on 04/29/2012 10:45:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
In the weeks leading up to the arrest of George Zimmerman, many people were shocked to find him on campus at Ohio State University. Of course, he wasnt there in physical form, but his name and the phrase Long live George Zimmerman was written (presumably by a student) on the Frank W. Hale Black Cultural Center at Ohio State. This was a stunning and ugly act, analogous to racial slurs on campus walls, nooses on professors doors, and ghetto-themed parties that have become common extracurricular activities on college campuses.
The response of the Ohio State administration is emblematic of most institutions responses to occurrences such as these. The university released a statement decrying the act and stating, this is not who we are.
Any administrator worth his or her salary knows that racist and unacceptable acts occur with some frequency on campuses. Both national news and research illustrate this, and the real frequency is likely much higher than what gains enough notoriety to be reported in media. Just like sporting events and Greek organizations, racist acts are an extracurricular activity on college campuses. Yet, administrators act as if these occurrences are aberrational when they happen on their campus. They are not; the acts are systematic, annual and regular features of campus life. The proverbial this is not who we are response becomes a soft stance that does not address the systemic nature of the problem on campus.
When students commit these kinds of acts, indeed, it is part of who the university is. Just as when institutions claim their students athletic and academic success as their own, institutions also must claim students flaws as their own. That is, institutions do not have the privilege of claiming student achievements as their own but then disassociating with students racist antics. If you admit students to your body, they are a part of your campus familyfor better or for worse. When such acts happen on campus, it is part of who you are. It may not be who you wish to be, but it certainly is a part of who you are now, and acknowledging this fact is a vital step to changing campus culture.
It is not the ugly events that happen in our society that show us who we are. It is how we respond to these events, and thus what we will tolerate, that show us who we are. This applies directly to college campuses too. We know not who a university is by its recruitment materials. We know who it is and where it stands with issues of suffering and justice by how it responds to instances such as the one at Ohio State. Or directly relevant to universities, we should have a good idea where they stand by the specific disciplinary plans they have in place for when an event such as this will inevitably happen again. Do universities take these offenses seriously enough to expel a student who commits such an act? Is the penalty severe enough to cease a students matriculation and hinder his or her professional trajectory? If not, I would seriously question a universitys commitment to equity and justice.
From now on, when I visit campuses to speak or interact with students, I am making it a priority to ask administrators about the exact penalties for acts such as these on their campus, and I would encourage other scholars and practitioners to do the same. When (not if) a student writes a racial slur on a wall, what will happen to that student? The next time a campus organization throws a variation of a ghetto-themed party, what are the consequences for that entire organization? When a student uses a national controversy such as the non-arrest of George Zimmerman as an opportunity to affirm White supremacy, what is the plan? Ultimately, it is the duty of faculty, staff, and administrators to hold one another accountable for taking the appropriate stance.
Emery Petchauer (@EmeryPetchauer) is assistant professor of teacher education at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Hip-Hop Culture in College Students Lives: Elements, Embodiment, and Higher Edutainment (Routledge).
So, who tagged the school? Yet another liberal ploy?
And why does he have a "Cultural Center?"
I love that he mentions the noose etc., as those incidents were later proven to be left-wingers making it look like whitey was after blacks in college.
check out the courses he teaches...he should be ashamed for collecting a salary
Another white, liberal wannabe.
I don’t recall penalties for free speech in the Constitution. Perhaps the good Doctor uses a different set of rules.
I went to college near Cal Berkeley in the late 60’s and observed all sorts of things that were protected under the umbrella of Free Speech.
He should stick to his research of homosexual black males.
No...no it is not.
Then your sidewalks are free from blood, brains, and broken skull bits!
“Emery Petchauer (@EmeryPetchauer) is assistant professor of teacher education at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Hip-Hop Culture in College Students Lives: Elements, Embodiment, and Higher Edutainment (Routledge).”
Wow. Such a towering intellect.
I believe he be hip hoppin’ too much!
Ed.D. from Regent? Wow, I’m impressed. This guy should be embarrassed, the school that hired him should be closed and together they should wander the country begging forgiveness for their stupidity. ...and maybe beat themselves with sticks.
I’d be more worried if Trayvon Martin was on my campus.
Hip Hop Culture in College Students Lives: Elements, Embodiment, and Higher Edutainment (Routlege Press)
Petchauer, E. (2011). I feel what he was doin: Responding to justice-oriented teaching through hip-hop aesthetics. Urban Education, 46(6), 1411-1432.
Petchauer, E. (2011). Knowing whats up and learning what youre not supposed to: Hip-hop collegians, higher education, and the limits of critical consciousness. Journal of Black Studies, 42(5), 768-790.
Petchauer, E. (2010). Sampling practices and social spaces: Exploring a hip-hop approach to higher education. Journal of College Student Development, 51(4),
Petchauer, E. (2009). Framing and reviewing hip-hop educational research. Review of Educational Research, 79(2), 946-978.
Petchauer, E. M.; Yarhouse, M.; Gallien, L.B. (2008). INITIATING A CULTURALLY-RESPONSIVE DISCOURSE OF SAME-SEX ATTRACTION AMONG AFRICAN-AMERICAN MALES, Spaces for Difference: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 1(1), 1-17.
Petchauer, E. M. (2007). AFRICAN AMERICAN AND HIP-HOP CULTURAL INFLUENCES. In A. P. Rovai, L. B. Gallien, & H. Stiff-Williams (Eds.), Closing the African American achievement gap in higher education (pp. 20-38). New York: Teachers College Press.
Wow dude! What a bold plan of action!! You, sir, are a fearless hero.
He doesn't even say what the next action would be if they give him an unacceptable answer, ignore him, or tell him to shut up.
With every fiber of my outraged soul, I will ask some goofy questions, perhaps even with a piquish attitude.
This naughty librarian's got jungle fever for little gangstas.
Completely random excerpt:
Other ways of manufacturing hyper-masculinity are through hip-hop attire that Spaces for Difference: An Interdisciplinary Journal reveals a muscular physique. Through assessing brands of masculinity in these ways, homo-thugs demonstrate awareness that some self-identified gay men intentionally fashion stereotypical and hyper-masculinity that is inauthentic in their assessment. This manufactured masculinity is not what homo-thugs desire. Instead, they look for the brand of Black masculinity that they perceive as real and naturally occurring, like their own. This type of look also predominates Internet advertising on homo-thug sexuality.
That is what passes for “higher education” these days . Yet we wonder why folks seem to be getting dumber by the year.
"How do people come to form an identity around experiences of same-sex attraction? This is an important question considering that informants such as Chi, Jigga, and D in Denizet-Lewis (2003) report voiced and acted upon attractions to other men but did not construct a homosexual or bisexual identity. To answer this question we look first to sexual identity development models for sexual minorities.
I think that I was probably the first person to read that since the author wrote it. They just "publish" gibberish like that because being "published" is likely a requirement for the prestigious post of Cracker Professor of Hip Hop at Lincoln Tech.
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