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  • 'Go Back Where You Came From': White Texas A&M Students Taunt Black High School Visitors

    Teens from Dallas Were Asked About Confederate Flag Earrings, Called 'N Word' Racial Slur During Tour of Campus

    In yet another bitter reminder that racism is alive and well on college campuses in the South, white students at Texas A&M University reportedly taunted and harassed a group of black high school juniors who were touring the campus in College Station on Tuesday. 

    The incident began when a white woman approached two of the visitors from Uplift Hampton Preparatory in Dallas — a charter school that helps economically disadvantaged students get into college — and asked what they thought of her Confederate flag earrings, according to an account from Democratic state Sen. Royce West, whose district includes the high school. 

    Then, white male and female students from Texas A&M began taunting the group of 60 visitors from Uplift Preparatory, telling them to "go back where you came from" and "using the most well-known racial slur that's directed toward African Americans," West said. 

    Texas A&M officials who were escorting the visitors witnessed the incident and called campus police. An officer who responded initially said the A&M students were merely exercising their First Amendment rights, but police eventually took a report. 

    "It’s 2016 and within months of other race-related events that have taken place on college campuses in Oklahoma, Missouri and elsewhere nationally," Sen. West said in a statement, adding that the incidents have all been triggered by "a climate of racially tinged conflict and other acts of intolerance." 

    "These discussions related to the Confederate flag began last summer following the massacre of innocent worshippers at a Charleston, South Carolina church. Yet there are those who still defend Confederate symbols and ideologies," West wrote. "I expect a response that is swift and similar to those taken at the University of Oklahoma. The students responsible for these reprehensible actions should be strongly disciplined, if not expelled." 

    In a letter to the Texas A&M community, school President Michael Young said he was "outraged and tremendously disappointed" by the incident, adding that it will be investigated "to the fullest extent possible and appropriate action will be taken." Young also said Texas A&M administrators and students later met with the visitors from Uplift Prep to assure them they are welcomed and respected by "the vast majority" of people at the university. 

    "While the actions of a few certainly do not represent our institution as a whole, it is the responsibility of all of us to stop any incidents that could be considered hateful or biased — based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or any other factor," Young wrote.

    In an example of the systemic racism that still exists, some have pushed back, trying to claim it didn't happen, despite witnesses, or that it shouldn't be addressed.

    Uplift Hampton Prep CEO Yasmin Bhatia said the school will continue to send tour groups to Texas A&M, according to The Texas Tribune. Many Uplift students are the first in their families to have an opportunity to attend college, and campus tours are their first encounters with universities. 

    "We are proud of our scholars for the grace and composure with which they responded to the college students who chose to engage in a disrespectful and unacceptable manner," Bhatia said.

    In its 2016 college rankings, The Princeton Review ranked Texas A&M University fourth in the nation for "Most Conservative Students," 14th for "Most Religious Students," and 13th for "LGBTQ-Unfriendly." 

    The Texas A&M student body is just 3 percent black, the lowest percentage among 15 public and private universities in the state, according to the National Center for Education statistics.

     

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    • commented 2016-02-20 02:19:27 -0500
      Go back to where THEY came from? Why don’t YOU go back to where YOU came from and give the Native Americans their land back after you get the fuck off their property you stole, you descendants of land-stealing, genocidal, rapist, pillaging, barbarian, food-thieving, child-murdering, Eurotrash colonial scumbags! And while you’re at it, give Texas back to Mexico because you stole it after America’s military instigated a war with the locals because Spain wouldn’t sell you the territory.

      Tossing stones from glass houses leaves you wide open for a boulder in your own living room. Try joining a goddamned history course and learn something, you racist college punks. I thought college was supposed to be a place of higher learning – Not advanced idiocy.

    • commented 2016-02-19 23:38:34 -0500
      Will Texas A&M apologize to the white students it has shunned due to its RACIST agenda called Vision 20/20 where it openly desires to have a student body that will be less white?

      Racism only happens in a multicultural society. With the white population fastly decreasing do you expect us to go quietly in the night?

    • commented 2016-02-16 10:46:40 -0500
      Racism is a plague and it is spread by ignorance

    • commented 2016-02-13 01:58:46 -0500
      There’s a difference between name calling and harassment, and if the reaction was so bad that it cause the officials from the very school they were in, not the students visiting, to call police, it clearly wasn’t just a one-off thing. Second, Campus Police IS the administrative disciplinary people for more extreme situations, which this clearly was since, again, it wasn’t a single, isolated incident.

    • commented 2016-02-13 00:35:22 -0500
      First of all, trying to involve the police is idiotic. Name calling is not a criminal matter. However, it clearly falls within the purview of administrative disciplinary action by the school. The students who took part in this disgusting incident should be expelled.

    • commented 2016-02-12 19:28:33 -0500
      TAMU has a declining reputation. The firms that I am associated with have a policy of not interviewing their students or graduates who smugly feel they are entitled to a job. TAMU’s education is a joke. TAMU is known as a racist entity where their Greek houses openly discriminate, the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy are worn or placed openly, and many students and some faculty are members of the KKK. I had the misfortune of living in Texas 30 years and never knew a critical thinking TAMU student. It was always party time. Fortunately, though a mere handful of TAMU do work to obtain a good education despite the many flaws of TAMU that are covered up by the Southern Baptist churches that fill the university town.

    • commented 2016-02-12 15:17:16 -0500
      The student body president’s words were more insightful than the university president’s: “…how an individual on our campus became so emboldened in their racism that they were able to openly yell slurs on our campus?”

    • commented 2016-02-12 13:54:30 -0500
      Fat shaming happens. Female shaming happens. Gay shaming happens. While it’s bad that it happens, we can’t stop it entirely. However, when it occurs in large numbers, it’s no longer just random harmless insults (not that they were harmless to begin with), that’s societal discrimination. The act itself, especially if it’s as persistent as I know it can be, then it’s not “freedom of speech”, it’s harassment, which is a crime. The fact that the campus police turned a blind eye to this completely justifies an all-out investigation on the incident.

    • commented 2016-02-12 12:49:07 -0500
      I listened to two minutes from the student body President, and he didn’t mention specific races for a few minutes. Then, when he described the incident, he did not mention the race of the perpetrators. It reminds me of a recent NYT article about lynching that didn’t mention the race of the people doing the killing. We have to start talking about “white supremacy.”

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