Racism Sparks Dialogues

Tracey Potts
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In light of recent events on campus, MU has been catapulted into national news. Passions are running high on both sides of the equation as the administration reacts to revelations of student dissatisfaction with regard to recent high profile incidents of racism.  Does the microcosm reflect the macrocosm?  We have seen racism rearing its ugly head all year in different areas of the country and it is time for systematic changes to occur.  A new dialogue has begun among attentive members of the administration as the Deans in the Truman Community invite students, faculty and staff to join the first in ongoing discussions to be held in room 309 of Middlebush Hall at 3:00 PM on November 12th .  Rather than be swept up in feelings of crisis, turbulence and indulgence in fear porn, which is meant to stir feelings of anger, hate and powerlessness, and results in irrational behavior, the opportunity presents itself for level-headed exchange, calm, consciousness raising dialogues and finding solutions for eradicating the root causes of racism.  The ideals inherent in the Core Values of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence may be rediscovered in a new light as we approach these very serious societal matters in the context of our campus community. As we ‘Change the World’, all eyes are on MU as we determine how we value our “other selves” when we look into the eyes of our neighbors with unconditional acceptance, love, respect and siblinghood.


“When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.”[1]

~John . F. Kennedy