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Racism on College Campuses

posted Nov 11, 2015, 9:13 AM by Anjuan Simmons

I hesitated to post this because, frankly, speaking up about racism in America has consequences. I have mouths to feed and bills to pay, but I was inspired by the Black students at the University of Missouri. So, I, too, wanted to contribute to the cause.

In the summer of 1997 I was about to graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with my undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. This picture is a recreation of a drawing that was taped to the door of my dorm room. I turned the original over to campus police and never saw it again. I still kick myself for not making a photocopy in advance.

I was a 22 year old college student about to embark on my career, and I had to deal with this. The disbelief in my abilities. The threat of sexual violence. All classic tools of racism against Blacks in America. I'm still bothered to this day that I have no idea who taped this to my door. It could have been anyone.

A lot of people discount and disparage the work of the Black students at Mizzou, but they fought against far worse than I experienced. One of the greatest evils of White privilege is the audacity to dictate terms to those without White privilege. It is vital for marginalized groups to not feel that the reality of their lived experiences is invalid. They deserve respect.