Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

library distraction

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Today in the library me and a few friends were studying for our test on the quiet floor of the library. A black lady was on the computer next to us and she was talking out loud about sports games to herself. After about a half and hour of this my friend politely asked her if she could talk in her head because she is distracting us from studying. The black lady got defensive and said we were being racist. It made me upset, my friend was very nice about it and being called a racist is just out of line. I think a lot of times people are quick to use the race card and it doesn’t help anything by calling someone racist.


Written by amgostigian

March 25, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I think its really annoying when people pull the race card. And, if your friend asked politely she should have just either accepted it and apologized or just said nothing at all.


    March 26, 2010 at 1:54 am

  2. There was no reason for the lady to get defensive about someone asking her to be quiet in a library. Regardless of race, anyone who was being loud would be asked to quieten down. She had no right to call your friend a racist.


    March 26, 2010 at 2:19 am

  3. I agree with both comments that the lady was out of line for being asked to follow the generally accepted guidelines for being in a library. The fact that she brought up race shows that she didn’t think she was doing anything wrong, but clearly she was out of line.


    March 27, 2010 at 7:15 pm

  4. The race card really does get pulled out WAY too often. People use it as a way to win arguments, which is ridiculous. It’s almost like saying anything negative to or about a black person can be called racist. Why? Because they are infallible? For whatever reason, racism is seen as a one-sided thing. People need to stop being children and pulling out the race card when its not even remotely called for.


    March 27, 2010 at 9:28 pm

  5. I feel she just wanted a reason to make you feel bad so she could continue to talk loud. As long as your friend was polite about the situation theres no reason for the woman to have gotten as defensive as she did. But you never know someones situation, maybe a previus experience gave her a reason to draw that conclusion.


    April 7, 2010 at 2:17 am

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