It seems that there is a new story out every other week about a fraternity (usually) or sorority making a big mistake. Whether it’s University of Oklahoma’s racist chant video or University of Florida’s blackface party members, it all shows a lack of progression that still has not been made in society overall.
There are, of course, fantastic organizations and socially aware demographics on every college campus. But when societies like this are allowed to exist or are shut down without proper explanation on ways to fix the behavior—it seems like a lost cause.
Racism is still alive and well and these instances only demonstrate that too keenly. When we turn a blind eye to behavior that dehumanizes a group or dredges up the worst of our past only to be revered, it allows for implicit racism to fester on. Sure, we might not be the one singing along or putting on that makeup, but if we act as bystanders we are only perpetuating the hate.
Of course the administration of these schools should know that too. It is their job to foster the growth of their student population and help prepare them for the real world. If we allow the implicit (and sometimes explicit) racism to go on that only pumps it into our adult and daily lives.
It is hard to change old ways and the old racism that permeates this country, but in universities and on campuses everywhere, it is possible to shape young minds and thoughts for the better.