Friday, February 24, 2017

An excerpt from “Seeds of Magnolia” by Bill Miller

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If a person is intelligent enough to attend college, they should have enough sense to realize the consequences of their actions beforehand. Yet, twenty-nine students at the University of Pennsylvania posed for the camera so that they could post a visual racial slur on the social media, and not one said, “No, this isn’t right.”
Prior to posting their photo, they could have read Article 19 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights regarding freedom of expression. If they did, they chose to ignore the part about being respectful of the rights of others. On the other hand, if they did read it, maybe they were unable to interpret its full meaning. Whatever the case, any dumbbell should have known not to do such a thing—not then or ever.
Shortly, after Phi Delta Theta did their thing at the University of Pennsylvania, a fraternity at the University of Oklahoma had to do theirs. Several White students of Sigma Alpha Epsilon were captured on video singing a racist song—one that they had composed—while riding on a bus. Everybody on the bus was White, yet someone on the bus posted the video online.
The person that posted the video could have kept it hidden. However, that person chose to do the right thing, even when no one was looking. It was the right thing to do because it reinforced the fact that a sarcastic display of that nature is unacceptable to both White and Black people.
Those that participated in the racial chant are the young leaders of tomorrow, but leaders that only a fool would follow. People like that should wear a prophylactic at all times because they breed racism—they are the fathers of an unwanted yet too often begotten offspring that the world can do without.



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