Panic attack

Crazy as this is, it’s not really a surprise: A black student has confessed to sending racist hate mail to three classmates at her Christian college. She was unhappy, and wanted to imply Trinity International was unsafe so she could go home, said Kevin Tracz, chief of police in Bannockburn, Illinois.

The handwritten notes received last week by two black and one Latino student prompted the school to send about 100 of its 1,000 undergraduate students off campus to hotels or private homes for a night. Students returned to campus the following day.

The student has been charged with disorderly conduct and a hate crime.

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  1. This isn’t the first time this has happened; if the situation were reversed the student would be immediately expelled for being a racist and the college/university would hold a day to discuss white racism. The Pope will convert before any school has a day to discuss black racism.

  2. BadaBing says:

    You’re wrong, Joel. There’s no such thing as black racism. Blacks do not hold positions of power. Only whites can be racist. I learned it in my Cultural Diversity class at Cal Poly, Pomona. You need to deconstruct your whiteness.

  3. Wow. Where I teach, the students who “just want to go home” purposely fail out so they can – much less publicity, and it doesn’t disrupt the lives of other students.

    Isn’t there some kind of penalty for that kind of false threat?

  4. BadaBing,

    You’re right. Condi Rice is a white male. πŸ™‚ Some might whine that she “obviously” isn’t, but adherence to “facts” is Eurocentric. We must be open-minded and respect a disregard for reality.

    Seriously …


    I suspect there is more to the story that what’s in the article. I wonder if the student who wrote the mail intended to make a statement about the college. Maybe she was “unhappy” because she felt she was being discriminated against and she thought her fake letters might as well have been real because the place was so racist (at least in her head).

    Race is always a convenient excuse. One student in the University of Arizona article (see Joanne’s “Lost at the U”) seemed to blame the presence of white people for her poor performance:

    “at Pima I was in the [Hispanic] majority, but here, walking around and seeing so many blue-eyed, blond-haired people was a huge shock … It made it hard to be comfortable.”

    In other words, the *diversity* of the U of Arizona deterred her from doing her best! She would have been better off at a less diverse, more Hispanic school. Yeah, right.

    Imagine a white student doing poorly who said,

    “at XXXX I was in the white majority, but here, walking around and seeing so many dark people was a huge shock … It made it hard to be comfortable.”

    Why is one quote more likely to offend than the other?

  5. BadaBing,

    In case it wasn’t clear, I was going along with your joke. I originally had “humor” pseudo-HTML tags in my comment, but they disappeared when I posted it.

    Your fellow Cal Poly(cultural) Pomona grad πŸ™‚

  6. Walter E. Wallis says:

    So many race incidents have turned out to have been hoaxes – even the last church burning was an insurance scam. Wouldn’t it be funny if ALL the cross burnings were phony?

  7. Maybe this person was the target of discrimination – by her “own kind”, not by whites. Maybe other black students, and/or other Christian students, all her supposed brothers and sisters, were mean to her. Maybe the college was, in matters other than race. Maybe she was just unhappy, and was unable to take any sort of responsibility, so she wanted some way to make the college look bad. Maybe she was just a lying, slandering criminal. You decide.

  8. We ought not discount the idea that might just be a selfish moron with no concern for others, including own family. Stupidity is one of the more egalitarian and democratic principles meted out in nature.

  9. nailsagainsttheboard says:

    This is a no-brainer….yawn…expel the student who wrote the hate mail, since racism is a universal evil, immoral, regardless of the racist’s skin color. “Duh”….!

    If this were a public school, the entire staff would have to go to ‘Sensitivity Training’ and “Tolerance of Diversity” workshops, paid for by taxpayers, of course. The only one who wouldn’t be held accountable would be the disturbed student who wrote the hate mail.