More racist theme parties, here we go again. I received an email informing that a UT Austin fraternity is planning to have a “Cholo/Ghetto Mexican” Rush Event where participants are to dress up and act as “Cholos” or “Ghetto Mexicans.” (h/t to Luissana Santibanez)
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A UT Austin fraternity is planning to have a “Cholo/Ghetto Mexican” Rush Event where participants are to dress up and act as “Cholos” or “Ghetto Mexicans.”
(Click here to read the article in UT’s newspaper, the Daily Texan.)
This will be the second racist party hosted by a UT fraternity in a year!!! Last year, UT made national headlines when UT Law students hosted a “Ghetto Fabulous” party where participants were to dress in black-face. It is apparent that race relations are an issue on the UT Austin campus and that UT administration has failed to address the issue of tolerance and race relations.
Last year, the Black community and many others united to voice their opposition to the racist event and were able to get national attention to the issue. This year, evidently, it is our turn.
Please join us and UT Austin MEChA in taking a stance!!! Please sign onto the online petition to let UT President William Powers, the Office of Diversity, the Dean of Students, and the Office of Student Affairs know that such racist events against our communities are UNACCEPTABLE.
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MEChA de Tejas
US society today, remains deeply afflicted by racism. Long before slavery became the mainstay of the plantation society of the antebellum South, European attitudes of racial superiority left their stamp on the developing culture of colonial America. The racial insult remains one of the most pervasive channels through which discriminatory attitudes are imparted. Events, such as these, injures the dignity and self-regard of the person to whom it is addressed, communicating the message that distinctions of race are distinctions of merit, dignity, status, and personhood.
The psychological impact of this type of verbal abuse has been described in various ways. The psychologist Kenneth Clark has observed that minorities may come to believe the frequent accusations. Those who live under “ghetto” conditions with few good employment options and poor quality schools lead some residents, especially those who are unemployed for long periods, to consider increasing their income through illegitimate means. Ghetto poverty creates desperation, and feeling the weight of these oppressive conditions, some conclude that it is rational to resort to crime for survival. Lacking decent employment opportunities, some rely on crime to supplement their meager income from legitimate sources; others drop out of the legitimate labor market altogether and use crime as their sole source of income.
The widespread belief that racism is largely a thing of the past and the increasing cry for color-blind or race-neutral public policy, racial prejudice continues to have a negative impact on the life chances of racial minorities in the US. The impact of institutional racism is felt in the “ghettos/barrios” because racism and extreme poverty combine together create a uniquely stigmatized subgroup. Because there are an over abundant of people applying for low-skilled jobs and very few jobs available in the “ghettos/barrios,” employers are able to selectively, engaging in so-called statistical discrimination. Employers of low-skilled workers are aware that there is a criminal subculture that affects social life in the “ghettos/barrios.” For those prone to accept racial stereotypes, these traits may seem to provide strong support for their prejudices.
The problem with a racist “ghetto fabulous” party isn’t that it offends some people, it supports and strengthens an unjust social system that hurts people. Racism injures the career prospects, social mobility, and interracial contacts of minority group members. It impedes assimilation into the economic, social, and political mainstream of society and ensures that the victims of racism are seen as outsiders. When individuals cannot or choose not to contribute their talents to a social system because they are demoralized or angry, or when they are actively prevented by racist institutions from fully contributing their talents, society as a whole loses.
Please sign the petition. We must send a loud and clear message that we will not tolerate these events. Do it before another party gets under way.