Archive for November 14, 2007

Interesting LTE in the Baro

November 14, 2007

Side Note: I guess the Baro is printing more stuff on the blackface issue after all…

I had to stop and think about the last letter on the page, the one from Marcus Hibdon.

I think he’s right – the generally abysmal failure rate and failure to recruit Black non-athletes as students is a big problem.

However, I don’t think we need to make a choice between noticing that and working against ignorant displays like blackface or leftover nooses. They are two different things: The latter are signs of uninformed individuals (though such ignorance is certainly the result of institutional factors), while the former is a sign of an institutional problem.

But I do think that Hibdon brings a great point to the table: Let’s not forget to pay attention to structural disparities.