Beyond the Protest

Much of the criticism of black student activism at VCU misses the point

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This article misses the point

The article misses the point because these students do not have one. This is supposed to be a school of higher learning and if you are incapable of extracting information from a difference race our sex you should think about joining a convent.

The only thing to talk about here is equality of opportunity. If you are given that opportunity then take it. That does not mean there will be equality of outcome. When I was in college, I did not have time to stage a sit in because I was studying.

This victim mentality is nauseating. The world will not be fair and there are no safe zones out there. You had better be able to articulate your position and fully expect someone to disagree. If you can't handle that then join the increasing crowd at Obama's public feeding trough.

GP 308 days ago

Re: This article misses the point

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Samantha, Richmond magazine Online Editor 295 days ago

The media coverage misses the point

I had a variety of professors during my undergrad and grad school days at VCU. It was the exception rather than the rule that the person's background/identity/race/etc added anything to my learning experience unless it was directly related to the coursework. Examples would be international business management, politics of southern Africa, and a gender studies class. But calculus, organizational behavior, accounting, econ, etc didn't matter in the least. I will also add that more enlightening than race, was having professors that were non-American. That typically resulted in an occasional sidebar about different parts of the world.

Part of the ridicule of this stems from the fact that none of the stories has yet to truly articulate what it is that the protesters feel is lacking or needed (other than more black profs, diversity training, etc). None of the stories can articulate what it is that "marginalizes" these students. VCU is far more diverse than your average majority-white college campus. One of the great things about VCU was that it has such an eclectic mix of students and majors (e.g. art school) and sits in an urban environment (that is becoming a bit more milquetoast sadly). Too much of this smacks of the typical entitled mentality of the millennial generation.

JCH 309 days ago

Re: The media coverage misses the point

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Samantha, Richmond magazine Online Editor 295 days ago

"This is not just for black VCU. This is for all of VCU."

That really says it, doesn't it?

john m 310 days ago

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