Dealing with Bias and Hate

In our previous issue, we addressed the prevalent problem of bias-related incidents on campus. However, the term “bias-related incident” remains relatively ambiguous, and even more ambiguous is how students are expected to act and respond. Soon after our issue’s publication, Scripps’ recently established Diversity Coordinating Committee posted these posters around campus. They serve to clarify the definition of a bias-related incident and provide a guideline to how students should respond to such an event. Take a look at the poster put out by the Diversity Coordinating Committee!

Bias-Related Incidents Flyer

Student Responses to Diversity Coordinating Committee’s Posters:

“I feel like they are necessary in that we need to know about hate crimes, however I think just stating that an incident happened isn’t enough. There needs to be more details on what exactly happened, and ways to prevent it from happening again.” - Emma Friedenberg ‘12

“I believe we should be critical of the administration’s way of dealing with bias-related incidents. It is easy for the broader student population to dismiss or ignore the template emails detailing the incidents, and I know many people who do so. While it is important that the administration is taking efforts to speak out against these incidents, there is little productive dialogue in our community concerning why these incidents occur. I think it’s important for the community to emphasize the greater social structures that perpetuate bias, hatred and violence on an interpersonal level.” - Heidi Hong ‘12

“I think all the posters around campus are making the students aware of these incidents going on and how hurtful the comments are. We should be going to a school where everyone can be themselves.” - Lindsay Guttierez ‘13

“I think the response to the bias-related incidents are both necessary and unnecessary at the same time. It’s necessary to report them because it is our responsibility to alert the people around us that these things are happening and not to ignore their existence. However, they are also unnecessary in the sense that the offenders may simply see them as reinforcement while it just gets the victims angrier.” - Stephanie Teng ’12

“The schools tend to overreact to situations that students should learn to deal with themselves. The constant e-mails sent out regarding bias-related incidents have desensitized the student body, and as a result many of us treat these serious issues as jokes.” - Tracy Kao CMC ‘12