Last week, The Tech Talk reported on the perceptions some
students have with race on campus.
The Tech Talk strives to represent the voice of the
student body, and we felt the voice of minority students should be heard.
Now it is in the hands of you, the student.
As Reggie Owens said in last week’s story, “What happened
400 years ago we aren’t responsible for, but we are responsible for how we act
today. Whether we like it or not, we’re all here together,” Owens said. “It’s
our challenge as a nation, as a society to figure out what the problem is and
to talk about it.”
Legislation created the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which
eliminated segregation and discrimination, yet both are alive and well. The
difference today is we do it to ourselves.
The Student Center gap is the way it is because students
of all races have made it that way.
The story “Bridging the Great Divide” was meant to
address the perceptions of students on campus and lay them to rest. The story
might not have served its purpose as students wrote in to The Tech Talk,
pointed fingers and passed the blame.
To say that Union Board throws away minority applications
is unreasonable even after Union Board President Paul King laid the perception
It’s time for students to open their eyes and open discussion
on the issue and be willing to hear both sides of the story.
And, it is not only is it a black and white issue; other
minority students feel the same opposition and it’s time for a change.
If we, as a nation, want to bring peace it has to start at
home. If we can’t understand each other in our own country, how will we ever
understand those outside of our borders?
By now, in our college years, we should have begun to
understand that we are all different and embrace it. It seems like many of us
skipped that day in kindergarten, but there is no longer an excuse for our
We need to begin changing our hearts and minds in order
to heal the wounds created my racism, wounds that have never truly been
acknowledged, and come together.
The Tech Talk encourages you, the student, to speak up
and out with each other. We’ve attempted to scratch the service and open up
dialogue on campus. Now it’s your turn. Step up to the challenge and talk about
it. It is time to understand each other and work toward something much, much
We’re all in this together. The Tech Talk invites you to
voice your feelings on this important issue by contacting us at