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Applied Worldwide contributor Aduwo Ayodele writes about an incident of racism at Binghamton University.

Racism in a Sociology Class and in Binghamton University

First Case

Joshua Price is a Professor and the Chair of the Sociology department of Binghamton University. He provided a second hand narration of the series of racist incidents that had happened. He pointedly mentioned that a particular student made a racist cum sexist statement about an African American woman, who doubled as a teaching assistant in the department. As the head of the department, he took inputs of accounts from students of the sociology department who had witnessed the incident. He also considered a statement from the teaching assistant in person to hear her account. Binghamton University has become a place of concern back ago on issues of racism faults.

Second Case

In an open letter addressed to President Harvey Stenger dated June 12, 2020, the letter detailed that the decision of Steven Harvey and the Campus Citizens Review board ‘to support future African American leaders who seek racial justice and endeavor to make a positive impact on the world’ was mere window dressing of the very critical issue at Binghamton University. Letter writers within the ambient of the University addressed that more compelling measures would be more fulfilling instead of what they called a theoretical address of the Review board. What the letter writers sought for was to halt the perpetual situation where minority faculty, staff and students “experienced some forms of discrimination, harassment, or incivility.” Very strongly, the letter writers stated that the Head of the University “have heard… haven’t listened…..if have listened…..haven’t acted” against the violent policing, un-belonging, act of anti-blackness, exclusion and other racism practices that have been long exhibited on campus.

These are two respective events that have also caused arguments in the University since some months before now about the inhumane treatment of others in an academic environment. There are many more cases, but it is better to make an overview than to continue to make recounts of the series.

Overview

My argument has been that I do not like color comparison. No one has ever chosen his or her natural skin for himself or herself. It all came for every individual different because of hereditary. That itself is a beautiful thing. If I was born by genes with some built-in characteristics, it means I am bound by scientific ratifications to take after the genes. That could only be as natural as it really is. This natural tendency should not be predetermined on how humans should live, where they should go, how they should be treated; it should not cause a foaming supremacy of skin colors. Racism is a sense of competition, which does not portray humanity.

So far, I only consider that Binghamton University has the responsibility to measure up to expectation. There are things that could be done to dwindle this severe issue. Of which is that the university administrators must put on an outfit of equity and be very consistent with equal treatments of staff and students. This means that on every issue, they are to maintain fairness or humanism as much as possible. Racism

is a social issue today and one of the social problems that have been identified in modern times. It springs protests and reactions—meaning that it is not unacceptable anywhere.

Structural racism refers to inequalities built into an organization or system. We should remember University of Alabama before 1963, where non-white students were not allowed to attend classes. Vivian Malone, an African-American university student was one of the first non-white students to attend the university. That sparked a change against institutional racism. There is dignity in equity.

Aduwo Ayodele

Aduwo Ayodele is a Nigerian Journalist. He writes to change, redress and influence his social environment. His works have appeared on several media outlets. He conducts public interviews on topical issues, aimed at resolving what seems to be identified social crises. He edits his works into his influential hub - yodelehub.com; at a fore-front to influence positive changes in the Nigeria social biosphere.