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ArticleStunnedby a Video, U. of Oklahoma Struggles to Talk About Race

‘Stunnedby a Video, U. of Oklahoma Struggles to Talk About Race’ is anarticle that was published on March, 19th,2015 by Dan Berrett from Norman Okra. The article was hosted on theChronicle of Higher Education publication. Dan Berrett is a renownedwriter who majors in issues of learning, teaching, education qualityand curriculum.

Inthis article, Dan Berrett puts forward the issues of propellingracism amongst the students in the University of Oklahoma. Heresponds to a video that had gone viral on how the Black students aresuffering in the hands of their White counterparts. Historically,racism is an evil which has been experienced in almost every part ofthe world, particularly in areas where the non-whites are theminority. Therefore, this publication has been written in perfecttime when evils of racism need to be addressed and condemned in thegreatest terms possible.

Danhas used the various individuals like Latrecia Breath, DarionMayhorn, Seleena D. Smith and Ms. Brown to relay the idea on racismand how rampant it has been in Oklahoma University. These individualsare all Black students in the University of Oklahoma. Theyindividuals narrate to him their ordeals at the hands of their Whiteschoolmates. It clear that racism has been very rampant though notportrayed through the video that went viral. The dilemma that thisarticle relays is why such an Institution of Higher Learning stillexperiences issues of racism, even in modern times like 2015. Manyquestions can linger into the reader`s mind on who has failed inthis. Can the university administration be blamed on this? Is it thesystem that is wrong? Can the students be solely blamed on this? Allthese questions remain unanswered even as the article is being read.

Asthe Black students comment on their experiences with the Whites, itcan be noticed that racists have been in existence since the time theNon-White students started being admitted at the institution(Clark, 2004).Therefore, this article targeted all the University of Oklahoma`sfraternity and the nation at large, in order to mobilize them on theneed to eliminate racism and promote equity amongst themselvesregardless of their races or ethnic background.

Accordingto Dan Berrett, the University of Oklahoma is struggling to talkabout race(Haugen,2008).This shows how bad racism had been and the poor public image that theUniversity had demonstrated, as well as how the society had evenembraced it. According to one of the victims highlighted in thearticle, racism has always raised discomfort amongst the Blacks andthat they have rarely discussed this amongst themselves, but as atMarch 2015, racism was so extensive that it was impossible to ignore.It is clear that despite the students chanting in a bus that they donot want the Blacks the worst thing is that the passengers joinin, sing enthusiastically and clap along.

Therefore,Dan Berrett points out that racism is not only in the learninginstitutions. This is because the video had raised concernsnationwide where every person was talking about the University ofOklahoma. By doing this, Dan dismisses the perspective and reactionsof many people that the University Students are racists. Racism inOklahoma is a major problem that has been accepted and propelled fromthe community level to the University, and that the students onlyportrayed the characters of the larger society.

Thearticle is accompanied by the images of the students displaying smallflags containing anti-racism messages. The students display theirunity against racism at the University of Oklahoma, especially afterthe video on racism went viral. The flags contained messages thatadvocated the need to end racism. For instance “Iam listening because my people have talked long enough”. It isclear that even the administration of the University has been stunnedby the video despite the efforts to ensure that the black studentsand workers enjoy their stay at the university through offeringscholarships for the students and high profile job positions for theworkers.

Thearticle has adverts and links on related contents. For instance, theNew Horizon International Education has advertised the annualconference and expo to take place in May 2015. Also, there is adverton job opportunities at the University.

Theseadverts are majorly education-related, and they have been usedstrategically to capture the huge traffic that gets to read thearticle. In my opinion, this article will attract many people fromthe University of Oklahoma and other learning institutions(Nelson, 2014).There are high chances to register for the conference or even clickon the job opportunity advert since many people are looking for ajob. As of 24thMarch 2014, the job opportunities were 8,181.

Furthermore,the related content is on how the diversity officers should improvethe campus climate. These adverts and the related content heightenthe need to curb racism by offering job opportunities withoutdiscrimination. The diversity officers are mobilized on how toeliminate racism as one of the ways in improving the campus climate.The publication is offered free online. However, for the newsletters,the readers are required to subscribe though this is offered freely.The Chronicle of Higher Education is a publication that features thestaff writers. This is because the content in the publication ismainly related with the issues of higher education, and the staffsare in a better position to understand the requirements and theissues surrounding the entire education fraternity hence the need tohave a regular platform in this publication to address all thecontentious issues pertaining higher education institutions.


Clark,R. (2004). Interethnic Group and Interethnic Group Racism:Perceptions and Coping in Black University Students. Journalof Black Psychology 30(4),506-26.

Haugen,H. (2008). Racism.Detroit: Greenhaven.

Nelson,J. (2014). Speaking’ Racism and Anti-racism: Perspectives of LocalAnti-racism Actors. Ethnicand Racial Studies,1-15.