Skip to comments.Black college students at predominantly white campuses feel internal cultural tension
Posted on 07/21/2013 7:03:16 AM PDT by T-Bird45
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What they are experiencing is Racism being exorcized from their souls.
Simmons said universities could also develop multicultural programs that do a better job of representing the entirety of students’ home cultures, rather than simply holding a stereotypical celebration for major holidays.
Why would that matter? Aren’t we all the same?
There is a reason why the locals call this paper The Daily Joke-lahoman.
If speaking normal English, walking like a normal human being, studying and dressing normal is White....well...
Who pays to study this kind of nonsense?
What kind of retarded culture is this much against education? I’m guessing the same one which demands that an illiterate person with 10 illegitimate children should have the same working wage as someone who tried to learn and be productive.
What an idiot.
This is the same thing that farm boys and small town kids and mountain kids and big city kids ALL feel. It's called socialization...i.e. learning how to move about in societies which are different than the one you grew up in.
probably YOU through taxes to grants...
Average football team and a sub-average newspaper.
send them all to the schools that Colonel West, Dr. Benjamin Carson, or Herman Cain went to....then they can learn to live like an American.
I was a white student at Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH) briefly in the mid 1990s. I certainly felt some cultural tension, especially when I took one of the mandatory “Black Studies” classes. It was hard to stomach the lies and half-truths that were laid upon my ears.
I was old enough to see through the BS, but most of the students in that class were too young to have lived through all the events that were mentioned. As such, they were being brainwashed into believing things that simply were not true.
If you listened to the professors in that (and other) class, you would believe that all the hard-working white folks were the root of all evil that every existed in Cleveland.
I’d be willing to be the ‘uneasiness’ and ‘being out of place’ feelings they are having are the result of not being in an HBCU or MI or some Northeastern Liberal Cesspool Collage [I spelled it like that on purpose] where their grades and performance don’t matter and “being black is passing.”
I made french toast.
By definition Groupthink requires mindguards to protect the shared thought of the group.
On display is the protection of the manufactured thought it is a racist America. Without that thought, Democrats lose a significant portion of their voter base.
Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were ordered to feign indignation and stage protests to keep the group members from questioning their assertions.
Al and Jesse are spending credibility with 30% of the group to save 70%. Whites and hispanics see through the whole thing.
Black students are being scrutinized for their position. Either they are thinking open minded individuals in the 30% or racist liars backing injustice in the 70%. Those in the %70 pretending they are in the %30 are the really conflicted ones and the ones that will project racism to cover their own racist tracks.
well, duh, wasn't that the original intent of higher education?
These contemporary race baiters are honestly crapping on the legacy of the original civil rights pioneers who fought to gain admittance to institutes of higher learning in the first place.
I took a philosophy class once, only once. The instructor got to talking about religion and referred to Jesus Christ as some sort of normal human prophet. I dropped the class.
There are either two options if you discuss this in philosophy. The man claiming to be the Son of God was either a fullblown nutcase or he actually was/is the Son of God. There is no in between, no middle ground. What that had to teach me was useless.
Maybe they should try American culture on for size and drop their separatist attitudes.
any college student from a family without college grads goes through the same thing. There are many similar stories from Appalachia, people that go back and never mention that they are just back from China or India, so these poor boo hoo black people that are realizing their culture is keeping them down better figure out how to deal. Many people speak one language at home and a different language at work, it is not that uncommon
You do .. all the "producers" do. Our tax dollars fund the loan subsidies and grants that Fedzilla doles out to those it deems worthy. Folks like George Lee in the article ... who is setting himself up for a future of asking would you like fries with that by being a "African Studies major" on our dime.
Next question ..
What, they feel themselves "turning white" by simply getting an education and participating in the economy?
The problem is a black culture which disdains education. So when black people get educated, the blacks no longer fully accept them, and neither do the whites in a meaningful way.
Makes for a lonely life.
In fact, this principle is true for poor people of any race.
yep, that happened with me, and I am a better person and my family is better off because of it. It doesn’t mean I don’t love farming and country life. Hopefully, it does mean that I won’t ever have my picture show up in “the people of Wal*Mart” or a Honey boo boo type reality show.
Likewise, white college students at predominantly Black campuses probably feel internal cultural tension too.
How is this news? This article might as well have been written in 1965.
People have different heights, weights, hair colors, eye colors, voices, nose sizes, etc. Get over it !
Drop their separatist attitudes and pull up their pants.
Unfortunately, that view turns a lot of the educated blacks into angry, bitter and more racist/bigoted people. Fortunately, there are some that stand up for what is right. People like Allen West.
Well said. OU did not become "integrated" until 1948 with the admission of a black woman to the law school. It was still some years before a black undergrad would be admitted. Oklahoma still has a HBCU, Langston University.
No ebonics,no standing around with the bros sounding like somebody auctioning off a MF’er,must be tough....
Where is that tiny violin?
Don't bother (with starting...not the pancakes)
I'll summarize it in 2 words.... 'he felt'.
People with this worldview suffer from their own, low self-esteem, and trying to make everyone else responsible because they 'feel' a certain way is just how they deflect the blame.
There are a lot of old jokes about people worrying what others think of the way they are dressed when in fact hardly anyone is concerned with what others look like - they are all actually concentrating on their own appearance.
Advice to blacks -
Most whites today don’t care what color you are - race is way down on their list of what is important. Blacks are more race conscious than whites.
Serious people, white or black, concentrate on their own studies and getting the most they can from their own college years.
Just forget about race, concentrate on your studies and advancing your own life and you won’t end up a whining racist crybaby or a racist witch who blames all of their failures on whites - like Barack and Michelle Obama.
Lee, an African American Studies major at OU, said he notices that difference when he returns to Texas and talks to family and neighbors in the neighborhood where he grew up. Family and friends treat him with greater privilege, he said. He's also more aware of the poverty and drug use in the neighborhood than he was while he was growing up, he said.
And this is negative? Sounds like exactly what Rev. MLK was striving to achieve. Black students who step away from the racial stereotypes and are successful in their studies and careers are threats to the liberal status quo that maintains that blacks are unable to be successful because of racism.
I experienced the same sort of conflict when I went to college, where my fellow students made regular use of profanity, smoked marijuana, drank booze, listened to contemporary rock music and protested the Vietnam War.
There's the problem right there. He's not tackling a serious subject that takes serious work and time. He spends his time racially navel-gazing and that's making him crazy.
Step 1 in the Racially Obsessed Anonymous program is to drop African American Studies and take up something serious, chemistry, foreign languages, mathematics, engineering or some other tough subject. Step 2: Stop focusing on yourself. Step 3: Start preparing yourself for the future and a real job, where you have to work.
If George Lee doesn’t want to change why is he attempting to gain higher education? I think you go to school to change yourself in many ways. If all he wants is to be ‘Black’ then he achieved that when he was born.
This irony continually surprises me. Some of the most successful blacks are the biggest whiners. Rather than proclaim, "I did it, so can you, and here's how", they whine about how black people never get a fair shake and are profiled and discriminated against at every turn. They're walking dichotomies.
What a serious bunch of can't take what they dish out whiners. Reminds me of Palistinians who will only finally feel at peace when those mean old jews are all dead and their childrens throats cut. And all the other Shiites and Sunni infidels and French and Americans and...
So, he was an “African-American Studies major”? Just what kind of job does that prepare him for? Some sort of affirmative action political position?
Of course, the university is as much to blame as he is for even offering such a major. What worse could they do for their back students than that, although the pretense is the opposite, that they are being very respectful of them and their black culture.
The pancake batter was already made and the griddle was hot so it didn’t take long...LOL. As you can see, I’ve made one further comment up the thread but the irritation I feel as an Oklahoma taxpayer about such nonsense is beyond civil words. It is further irritating that OU went to TX to find this specimen and expend my taxes in an obviously futile effort to raise him from his circumstances. He seems determined to “keep it real.”
Same here. I grew up in a small rural town in South Georgia. Went to UGA and spent the better part of my career in NYC.
What a fascinating article.