There have been a few disturbing things that have happened this week, and I hope this is not a signal for the week to come.
Let us start with the emerging events in Washington DC:
“Developing: Shooting At U.S. Navy Yard In Washington, D.C.” http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/16/223023740/developing-shooting-at-u-s-navy-yard-in-washington-d-c
We hope for the best.
This one just shows how social media can be used by the ignorant and that we still have a long way to go with truly being a “melting pot” country:
“A Lot Of People Are Very Upset That An Indian-American Woman Won The Miss America Pageant”
Let us just say this was not our finest hour; read the comments yourself.
Higher education should be better than this! “Student Regent Wants to Debate Policy, Not Her Muslim Faith”
“Sometimes I get asked ridiculous questions, like whether I support Hamas or Hezbollah or Al Qaeda.” Sadia SaifuddinUniversity of California at Berkeley
Please keep the politics out of this!
And lastly: “As Slurs and Offenses Multiply, Colleges Scramble to Respond”
“On a whiteboard on Stephen Boyhont’s dorm-room door at Elizabethtown College, somebody scrawled “fag.” At the University of Texas at Austin, Taylor Carr was the target of racial slurs and balloons that appeared to be full of bleach. Danny Valdes encountered what he describes as “intense transphobia” at Dartmouth College, both on campus and online”.
“Reports of such incidents arise each semester at colleges around the country: Somebody discovers discriminatory graffiti or vandalism of a cultural center. An organization advertises a theme party that caricatures a particular race or ethnicity. Walking across the quad, or on Twitter, a student utters an offensive remark to another”.
When will this end?
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III