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Remember: Racism cuts both ways

Esther J. Cepeda on

CHICAGO -- A few recent headlines could be filed under the category "Racism Is Bad and Wrong."

First up, a controversy in which an African-American nurse working at the Indiana University Health system posted this screed on Twitter: "Every white woman raises a detriment to society when they raise a son. Someone with the HIGHEST propensity to be a terrorist, rapist, racist, killer, and domestic violence all star. Historically every son you had should be sacrificed to the wolves B----."

She was promptly fired.

In Lake Villa, Illinois, a Hispanic detective who was in the process of conducting a theft investigation responded to a group of teen suspects who asked why they were being detained with: "Because you're white."

It was a bizarre thing to say -- Lake Villa is a predominantly white outer-ring suburb of Chicago. If you watch the video (http://bit.ly/2AVUXLC), which immediately went viral, the comment came totally out of the blue, since the teens had not made any references to race or police mistreatment or anything that would seem to elicit such a response.

The detective -- who apologized to the teen who filmed the video -- was disciplined.

 

Lastly, the University Star, the student newspaper of Texas State University, recently came under fire for printing a student's guest op-ed column titled "Your DNA is an abomination."

The student, who is Hispanic, wrote, among other explosive things: "Ontologically speaking, white death will mean liberation for all. To you good-hearted liberals, apathetic nihilists and right-wing extremists: accept this death as the first step toward defining yourself as something other than the oppressor. Until then, remember this: I hate you because you shouldn't exist. You are both the dominant apparatus on the planet and the void in which all other cultures, upon meeting you, die."

The university president, Denise M. Trauth, released a statement declaring, "The column's central theme was abhorrent and is contrary to the core values of inclusion and unity that our Bobcat students, faculty, and staff hold dear. As president of a university that celebrates its inclusive culture, I detest racism in any manifestation."

The student newspaper issued its own statement in which it apologized for having "caused hurt" within the campus community.

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