Do you really want to talk about race?

“The whites told only one side. Told it to please themselves. Told much that is not true. Only his own best deeds, only the worst deeds of the Indians, has the white man told.” Yellow Wolf of the Nez Perce Indian Tribe, 1940

Nik Rule was not the only student involved in the Triple C radio broadcast and dissenting remarks that were directed at Dr. Suthakaran Veerasamy. Janna Carson, Ashley Garvis and Adam Stevens were also involved. These four students are all white. Dean Allen who is defending Rule is white, and I am sure that Donna Lunsford of Idaho Falls is white as well. Even the other people who were given the “Primitive Politician Award” are white.

Many facts that led up to the now infamous Triple C broadcast were “conveniently” left out of Dean Allen’s and Lunsford’s response to Looney’s comments regarding the show. Such as Dr. Sutha’s expertise in multi-cultural counseling and racial identity development; and the letter of apology given to Dr. Sutha that was signed by Dean Allen stating that the noises made on the radio show can be interpreted by African Americans and other people of color as racial discrimination.

Also, these four students spent the whole hour making slanderous remarks about Dr. Sutha’s passionate reaction to a speaker, Clarence Hudson, who minimized the struggles of all minorities by disregarding and contradicting his own experiences as a minority. Hudson actually stated that, “The civil rights movement is dead.” I feel this African-American man’s ideals and beliefs fall in line with the white administrators of William Penn University.

I feel that the actions and defenses given by this group of white people can be defined by a term in social psychology called ingroup bias. This means that “…ingroup favoritism may manifest itself by people selectively remembering ingroup person’s good behavior and outgroup members’ bad behavior, or by selectively forgetting or trivializing ingroup member’s bad behavior and outgroup members’ good behavior. Such selective information processing causes an overestimation of ingroup performance relative to outgroup performance. Because of this ingroup biasing, ingroup members are consistently rewarded more than outgroup members.” Stephen L. Franzoi, Social Psychology 4th edition.

I feel that the obvious members of the ingroup are Dean Allen, Lunsford, the students involved with the Triple C radio broadcast, and even the two other men that were given the “award.” I feel that Dr. Sutha, Looney and myself are the outgroup members. We are minorities; we are courageously standing up for justice; and we are confronting the prejudicial ideology that exists within the psyche of these white people. The civil rights movement is not dead.

Samiyra Nuri

William Penn University Student

Oskaloosa

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