I was taking a rather circuitous route through BlogLand the other day, and came upon this story. Apparently, these students at Tarleton State University in Texas have a very funny (read: lame and disturbingly rascist) way of celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr Day.
According to The Smoking Gun, the students came to the party dressed in "gang attire", and one young female even came dressed as Aunt Jemima. The pictures feature party attendees eating fried chicken and what appear to be ribs. There are also many pictures of party participants drinking malt liquor.
The jig was up when the student head of the NAACP chapter at Tarleton discovered the photos on another student's Facebook page. When the student who had the photos on his page was contacted via email, he jabbered something barely intelligible about the party not being intended to be "rascist or discriminating." Yeah.
You know -- I've grown up in a city with rascism as a part of its inherent mix. Some people are open about their prejudices. The more dangerous of the species, by far, are those who hate in quiet. They're much more likely to grab a sniper rifle and head for a belltower. What bothers me most about this story is that these students have no clue that what they did was wrong. and what's more, they probably don't care.
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