Students respond to racism controversy at leading university.

‘“Monkey” and “n***a”: two words you wouldn’t expect to see bandied about in a UK university today. However, that is exactly what a black first-year student at the University of Warwick found written on a bunch of bananas she had stored in her shared kitchen this week.

What was really unusual is that Faramade Ifaturoti, 19, reported it. She told not only the university accommodation service, but also Twitter, sharing a picture of the abuse, and forcing the university to take action.

The incident has gone viral on social media and led to an anti-racism petition, which has thus far accrued over 1,450 signatures.

If you know anything about Warwick University, you might think this kind of incident, while alarming, must be a one-off. Surely it can’t be that bad, given how multicultural the university is: 28% of its students are from outside the EU, and of its home students a high proportion are drawn from BME communities.

But as a recent graduate from the university, I know that racism here is a more common problem than it might seem. And, judging by the reaction on Twitter when the hashtag #WeStandwithFara went viral, numerous current and former students were just as unsurprised by the whole thing.’ – Guardian

‘When I joined Warwick University I was certain that I was going to have issues regarding racism, because I've experienced it throughout my life in the UK, and have become somewhat used to it. From Year 1 to Year 13 all I learnt about being black, and about black history, was that slavery took place, and Martin Luther King saved the day. This experience is unfortunately true for many BME students across the country.

There are more black men in prisons than in Russell Group Universities. Students of colour are still less likely to get a grad job compared to their white peers. It is unfair and inaccurate that this post-racial narrative is still being perpetuated when, if anything, the situation is getting worse. This is the same for many students of colour who are scared to speak up against racism in fear that they may be labelled as extreme, or angry. We have the right to be angry when students at prestigious universities, such as Warwick, continue to subscribe to these caricatured stereotypes about people of colour. – Huffington Post

 

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