The story is told on a Tumblr feed where roughly 40 African American Harvard students posted a picture of themselves holding a racial comment or stereotype that has been spoken to them. The undergraduates generated the campaign as a way to stake their claim as a Harvard student, generate discussion with classmates, and bring attention to the racial tension present on campus. The students really felt, being at a Caucasian dominated school, that while they may be a part of the student body, they are not “Harvard.” The campaign has sparked questions across other college campuses about diversity, equality, identity, and stereotypes.
How is this present on our own campuses? Do you see or feel the racial tension on your own campus that is described by these college students. Do you not see the tension and the insensitivity because you don’t want to? Do you make offensive comments? Do you make assumptions? If we are part of the dominate white culture what should we be doing? What should we be doing as a Christians? These are questions we should be asking ourselves.
“Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.” Zechariah 7: 9-10
We need to open our eyes to our neighbors. We need to look at our fellow classmates with respect and not judge them based on the stereotypes that are prevalent in popular culture. We may have been blind to things that have been said, we may have been content to never stand up against something said, and we may have been complacent in our position, but no more. Everyone deserves to feel loved and welcomed in the world, no matter where they come from or what they look like. It may be a simple idea, but it is a lot harder to stand up for others and fight the world. Love your neighbor as yourself, and make anywhere a place where we can all be.