Vazzano responds to concerns raised by Black Student Union:

By on February 25, 2009

First of all, I’m glad that people still stand up for things they believe in. I’m glad the Black Student Union wrote to The Chronicle to show how they feel and explain to the students their goal. Unfortunately in their rebuttal, they got bogged down with assumptions and sweeping generalizations against my argument and the world at large.

In no way do I want to come off as racist in this article. I’m against the idea of diversity and would love to see a world where we don’t have to use the word “race.” I respect every human being as equal and on the same playing field.

Now, let’s get to the meat of their rebuttal.

In what way does the Black Student Union attempt to diversify the community? It’s not as if there is any control handed to you on who is admitted to the school every summer. What the BSU does is hold events catering to the African American community. If, in fact, you wanted to promote diversity, you could abolish the “Black Student Union” in favor of a “Cultural Student Union.”

That would “diversify” the student community, instead of separating us all. Just reading the name “Black Student Union,” would seem to be a turnoff for anyone that does not consider themselves “black.”

When you reference NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX as “white entertainment television” you create an argument no one can win. Yes, maybe the minorities of the United States are under-represented on those channels, but in no way, shape or form do any of those stations market themselves under a title as polarizing as “Black Entertainment Television.”

Now to the comments on “White History Month” and the “White Student Union.” In no way can you say that if either of those existed, there would not be protests of some sort. Sure, you can argue that the AMICI (Italians) or QUIC (Irish) groups embody that in some way. And therein lies another point of mine. Would anyone in BSU look to join AMICI or QUIC, or vice versa? I can’t say for sure, but I doubt it.

History is important, I agree, but the more we look back, the more likely we are to stumble over backwards. What happened has happened, and the continuing look at the past is getting tired. We, as a community, as a state, as a country, need to look ahead. Look to what’s coming up ahead of us, not what has already passed us by.

In the rebuttal, the BSU continually comes back to stand by my point of “blurring the lines that separate us all.” What they seemed to miss is the fact that I used the examples I did, purely as examples. I had no intention of attacking any group on campus. It only worked that I bring up BSU, during Black History Month, to make my points.

In the rebuttal, they state “we agree that differences should not be highlighted as a way of isolating or segregating.” I’d rue the person that moved to create a White Student Union.

It seems you’ve completely missed my main point, just passed it on by, and instead focused on the supporting statements. You’ve attacked everything but the key theme of the article.

I guess I did something right.


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