Racism Isn’t Our Only Problem

By Sarah Fears The campus of DePauw University has been swarmed with accusations of minority students not being heard by the administration and White students. There have been allegations of students and faculty being racist toward minorities on campus, and that the current cultural climate is hindering the performance and rise of underrepresented students. Yes, I can attest that there have been racist incidents on DePauw’s campus. I can say without hesitation that I have been subjected to offensive and demeaning comments while sitting in the classroom or walking through our dorms by White students. However, while I may have had only a handful of racist comments made to me… Read More

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Colorism and Racism: What is the Difference?

Because many people have not heard of colorism and may be unclear about how it relates to racism, I want to explore the particular definitions and the relationship of colorism and racism. Defining Colorism and Racism Colorism- prejudiced attitudes and/or discriminatory acts against people based on the color (shade or tone) of their skin Racism- prejudiced attitudes and/or discriminatory acts against people based on their actual or perceived racial status I want to highlight the fact that people of different races may have the same skin tone. See the three women below.     And people of the same race may have different skin tones. See the two women below.     In cases of racism, two people of different races but… Read More

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