Month: September 2015

The shocking racial epithet hurled at USC’s student body president

Rini Sampath at the University of Southern California. (Courtesy of Rini Sampath)

 

When Rini Sampath decided to run for student body president at the University of Southern California, she said some students told her she would never win. She was a young woman and a minority, and she was running on a ticket with another woman, who was also a minority.

Their advice? Choose a white, male student as your running mate.

Sampath, 21, is no stranger to discrimination. She was born in Theni, a district in Tamil Nadu state in India, and she moved to America when she was 6. Classmates in Arizona asked whether her mom was from Mars, she said. Others told her she couldn’t play with them.

Why? Because she had brown skin.                                                               Rini Sampath (Courtesy of Rini Sampath)

“I had self-esteem issues because I was an immigrant,” she told The Washington Post. “I was struggling to learn English and I was struggling with what I looked like, in a sea of kids who didn’t look like me.”

Sampath and her female running mate, Jordan Fowler, won the election and now serve as president and vice president, respectively, of USC’s Undergraduate Student Government. Still, Sampath said, she doesn’t believe many USC students see her first as a student leader. Instead, she said, she thinks they see her — and judge her — based on where she is from.

[Mizzou chancellor responds after student-body president is called the n-word]

Sampath’s struggle — no doubt the same for many minority students, she said — came into focus Saturday night when she was walking back from a friend’s apartment.

Someone leaned out of a fraternity house window, she said, and shouted: “You Indian piece of s—!” Then he hurled a drink at her.

“Once his fraternity brothers realized it was me, they began to apologize,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “This stung even more.

“I couldn’t quite figure out why their after-the-fact apologies deepened the wound. But one of my friends explained it to me the best this morning: ‘Because now you know, the first thing they see you as is subhuman.’ ”

After the incident, Sampath said she was in shock.

“It brought back all these memories of growing up as immigrant in America,” she told The Washington Post. “All the things people said started playing back in my head, over and over, like a broken record.
“It makes me wonder what would have happened had it been someone else. That’s an aspect that concerns me. It just makes me wonder: ‘Is this how they see us first and foremost — for the color of our skin?’”

Rini Sampath (Courtesy of Rini Sampath) (Courtesy of Rini Sampath)
[‘They thought it was a bomb’: 9th-grader arrested after bringing a home-built clock to school]

Sampath, a senior international relations major, opened up about the incident on her Facebook page Sunday morning because, she said, she wants to call attention to racism on her Los Angeles campus and to encourage other students who have been victimized by it to come forward and share their own stories.

“Some people don’t believe racism like this can happen on our campus,” she wrote in her post. “Some people continue to doubt the need for safe spaces and the need for expanded cultural resource centers or the need for gender neutral bathrooms or the need for diversity in our curriculum or the need for diversity in our professors or the need for diversity in dialogue.

“And to those who continue to believe we’re just playing the ‘race’ card, I ask you this — what’s there to win here? A sense of respect? A sense of humanity? A sense of love and compassion for others regardless of how they look like?”

Almost immediately, Sampath said, university officials reached out to her in support, students sent messages showing they care and the person responsible for creating what has turned into a nationwide uproar contacted her to apologize.

“I appreciate it, but hope it becomes a learning experience,” she told The Washington Post. “Apologies don’t fix these deep wounds. … [the slur] was a verbal assault on my identity — on who I am as a person.”

[Christian college soccer players suspended for wearing blackface]

USC Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni said the university has a zero-tolerance policy for such behavior, which he called “cowardly and hateful remarks.” He said that he has asked Sampath to file a formal complaint with the university’s Bias Assessment Response & Support team, which will review the case and decide how to proceed.

“USC and higher education in general tries to look at incidences like this as learning and growing opportunities, not just punitive opportunities,” Soni told The Washington Post. “We want to create a dialogue.”
Sampath declined to publicly identify the person who verbally attacked her. Soni said he does not know who the person is or what his punishment may be. But, the religious-life dean said, the focus should not be on the alleged assailant but rather on the university’s overwhelming response to Sampath’s story.

If anyone can ignite a conversation on campus, he said, Sampath can.

For minority students, Sampath said: “Racism is alive and well.”

” ‘You Indian piece of s—‘ ” is the type of language attackers have used before brutally murdering someone,” she wrote on Facebook. “Just look at Inderjit Singh Mukker” — a Sikh man who was brutally attacked by an Illinois driver who yelled “Terrorist, go back to your country” as he punched him in the face.

And the racial epithet that came from that fraternity house window, Sampath said, “continues to ring so loudly in my ears I still can’t shake it from me.

“Whether racism or sexism or homophobia or transphobia happens on the Internet, or behind closed doors, or in a small group setting, or as ‘just a joke,’ it’s not okay. It’s never okay.”

 

via:washigtonpost

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One my friend share this note and happy to share this with all of you…. hope you love  this

And then comes a moment in life when we start escaping from ourselves, hating everyone out there, and ignoring those few people who really do care for us.

One day everyone is there for us and the very next moment, life seems like

subham

blurring all around. We want to change ourselves but our bad, we fell in it. Everything feels like dooming, the sun, dawn, the horizon, everything.

We are loved, used, betrayed and trashed. But the world never stops, neither the sunrise and sunset. And there are us, sitting in the corner, sobbing on the every non-sense happened to us.
What are we crying for? For the people who gave up on us, or are we cursing our fate? No, this happens to everyone and that is the only way of living out here, even some are there who suffer with more fatal dilemmas in their life. We should be happy that we were not in the plane which crashed or the gas station which burnt down, leaving no one alive.
This great life is nothing but a soup of beautiful lies and ugly truths. 🙂

© Shubham, 2015

Engineering.. Alcohol ??? Idea !!!! Night

Normally when I am dead drunk after a sloshed night with my friends, I mostly struggle to get on my bed after a mind-numbing exercise of finding the way to my room from the porch. But a university student redefined ‘drunk-vodka-nights’ by designing a fantastic airplane.

Engineering, as we know, takes a lot out of students and the level of stress in immeasurable but one engineering student at Michigan University found a secret way to turn all that stress to his advantage. The student who goes by the alias ‘Mark’ got blackout drunk and stoned and woke up in the morning to discover that he had designed an entire fu*king airplane.

One Engineering Student Designed An Entire Airplane After Getting Drunk And It’s Nothing Short Of Brilliant

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His roommate Keith had a first person experience of the whole incident and this is what he had to say:

“It all started around 11.30pm. Mark burst into the room in a drunken sway, asking where his textbooks were and after greeting me he rushed back out of the room. From what the person who brought him up [to the shared accommodation] was saying, Mark had a ton of rum and vodka-mixed drinks.”

“He then came stumbling back two minutes later to grab his giant whiteboard. I just laughed as I sat on the computer listening to his murmurs. Around 1.30am, he came back and he sat on the couch with a worn look on his face.”

One Engineering Student Designed An Entire Airplane After Getting Drunk And It’s Nothing Short Of Brilliant

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Mark says that the finished design is of an ‘ekranoplan’ which is a very high speed aircraft that floats above the water.

Although the plane was designed in an inebriated state, Mark wants to test it in a controlled environment.

When the story broke out the drunk-designer gave interviews with his alias as his drinking habits could have hurt his job prospects. I mean who would like to travel in a plane designed by an alcoholic, right?

But seriously, it would be quite an achievement if his calculations are even somewhat near to a working plane and we could really use that cocktail of those drugs Mark, you know for purely experimental purposes.