Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Plaza of the Americas

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I was walking to Library West today and saw a bunch of cinder blocks stacked in a small wall. Each block had either and incredible insult or an inspirational statement (i.e. “faggot”, “love yourself”, “oreo”, “cunt”, “I am my own person”, “you can’t bring me down”). I’m not sure what these blocks were for but I’m assuming they were hurtful comments people have received and motivational retorts to such ugly words. Honestly, reading all those blocks made me sick. It wasn’t specifically the racism or the disapproving nature but more the idea that someone could be so incredibly nasty to say such a thing. One of the blocks said “Sorry, you’re too black for me”. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Who says that? Every single one of these comments had something to do with one’s outward physical appearance which at this day and age we should all know has no bearing on the soul inside, on the person who thinks, feels, laughs, hopes and fears like anyone else. Most of the terms and phrases focused primarily on race or ethnicity which is why I felt it an appropriate story to tell here but even some of them not dealing with race would have been just as hurtful to anyone. How do you justify calling someone fat? How to you justify calling someone a “stupid chink”? You don’t.


Written by cgator19

January 28, 2010 at 5:19 am

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  1. There isnt any justification for people being called out of their names. Seeing those words and phrases on the blocks is a sad thing because it shows just how ignorant some people are. I feel that some people spend too much time trying to criticize and degrade other people instead of evaluating themselves.


    January 28, 2010 at 4:20 pm

  2. It isn’t fair that people can call each other these terrible names constantly. Some people think they are just being funny when they do this and they don’t realize that they are actually hurting someone’s feelings. Everyone always says “stick and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”, but after a while, being criticized for these things does start to get to you.


    January 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm

  3. I think that it was a successful experiment in the fact that it makes everyone think about what they say and what they have said in the past. The wall symbolizes the wall people put up between themselves and people they hate.


    January 29, 2010 at 3:20 am

  4. I kind of like the idea of the wall because in a way it will bring awareness to a lot of people who pretends that the things don’t exist on a day to day basis. At the same time, there are a lot of kids out there who are dealing with extreme low self-esteem and reading some of those comments on that wall, they might feel like as if people are taking shots at them and that can cause a lot of harm to them and others.


    January 29, 2010 at 3:01 pm

  5. I saw when they started making the blocking and when they were puttingup the wall. I still don’t know what it is suppose to mean or represent. Nonetheless I was disgusted and appalled at the statements that were posted on the blocks. This just shows that all the talk about moving forward and change is just talk. The comments were racial, disrespectful, and insulting. The fact that people were either called those or called someone those words proves we live in a selfish society.


    January 30, 2010 at 12:18 am

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