Friday, January 26, 2007

P.C.U. School Of Law Part II

The follow up to yesterday's story: Students Circle The Round Table For Frank Talk On Divisive Party. Here's a bit more about the "offensive" party.

Photos from the off-campus party, posted on the popular Facebook.com website, offended some students and staff because they depicted mostly white law school students dressed in baggy jeans, puffy jackets, sideways baseball hats, some holding machine guns and 40-ounce malt liquors. Some photos had captions from rap lyrics.

And after not really describing anything being resolved or even anything that was said at these meetings, the piece ends with:

Maurice Headley, another black law student, described it as an example of "unconscious racism," racism so institutionalized in the power structure of today's society that someone doesn't have to actually call someone a racial slur to be insulting.

If you ask me, this party sounds like almost anything you'd find in a typical MTV or BET video. I'd really like to know how on earth this is racism - I'd be really really really curious to know.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A link to some pictures and a competitor blog:
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/0125072uconn1.html

11:02 PM  
Blogger A Fan For All Seasons said...

I just posted on your race and affirmative action blog, but this is the same deal. What Maurice Headley describes is another example of what I'm learning in "white racism", it's actually how we defined the term. You comparing the party to MTV or BET is exactly the point Headley is trying to make: That this "racism" is there and yet we don't see it as racist. To go more in depth...first read what I wrote in your other post, then to take it a step further, because poverty stricken neighborhoods are mainly made up of minorities and because the school systems are so bad that there is no real hope for these kids, a culture develops where blacks may think the only way out is through drug dealing/sports/rapping/pimping. Nowadays, sports/rapping and rapping/pimping have become inter-twined. So what we see on MTV or BET are black people acting like "pimps", dancing around with "hoes" and this becomes our representation of black culture. When white law students dress as pimps and hoes, holding machine guns and 40s, they aren't imitating rappers, they're imitating their image of blacks. I think that about covers your question.

2:08 AM  

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