16 February 2003
I am so glad to be a part of this journal
writing project. I did not realize just how many people read my
journal and I am glad that some people find it interesting. I would
like to thank all of the people who send me messages and show interest
in the university. Just remember that I am always open to answering
any question about university life and how I deal with certain situations
here. One of the main questions that most people ask is, “Do
you encounter any problems with racism?” Even with all of
the racially centered activity on campus now, I just want to say
that I have never personally had any problem with racism, but the
activity going on does affect everyone.
When people hear of all the problems on the
news and in the papers it seems that the university as a whole is
racist. But it’s not. The saying “One bad apple spoils
the bunch” is true because now everyone views our entire school
as “bad” and that is not the case. The few people who
don’t understand that the color of a person’s skin doesn’t
determine the person that they truly are should not be able to make
it bad for everyone.
As an African American student I just want
to say that I know there are people out there who don’t judge
on the basis of color, and I won’t let these occurrences change
the way I look at these people. It is hard though to look at the
things that have happened and not wonder if people will ever mature
enough and realize that no one person is better than any other.
All people are made in a different design with different qualities
that make them special. Everyone is different and here at The University
of Texas at Austin it is kind of hard to understand these events
with the plethora of cultures on campus.
It is so interesting that as African Americans
we are given one month out of the year to learn, openly, about our
culture and those who tried to make things better for us. Then you
have those who feel like 28 days is too much and try to do their
best to make the celebration one of sadness. Every year at this
time we have everyone putting up the posters on black history (they
will be taken down on March 1 or Feb. 28) and trying to make it
seem as if the history of African Americans can be learned in the
shortest month of the year. All that our predecessors went through
to get us here at the university or wherever you life has taken
you was not easy. So to let people just desecrate all that was worked
so hard for is just not fair.
On Tuesday, Feb. 11, I attended the Texas
Gospel Fellowship “Real World” Bible study and it was
touching to see how much support that the African American community
has from other people on campus. The intervarsity Christian group
came and showed their support. I would like to thank everyone who
supports African American students on campus, and one day we will
be able to live together without the limitations of skin color.
Until next time. Remember that if you have
any questions you can always send
me an e-mail message.