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A Response to Display of Intolerance at UCLA

by Stanford Asian American Activism Committee and Stanford Vietnamese Students Association

On Tuesday, November 27th at 8:30 A.M., an alarming photo taken from the Vietnamese Student Union (VSU) Office at UCLA became viral. It was a photo of an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper with offensive clip art and the words “Asian Women R Honkie white-boy worshipping Whores!!!” (yes, with three exclamation points)  that had been anonymously tacked onto a VSU banner at the VSU office. The Stanford Asian American Activism Committee (SAAAC) and the Stanford Vietnamese Students Association (SVSA) decry this as an act of hate and stand in solidarity with the VSU at UCLA.

This picture serves as further evidence that we do not live in a post-racial society. It is also a strong reminder of the world that people of color—and especially womyn of color—live in. It is apparent that racism, sexism, and hate still exist–even in places where we think we are the most safe, such as our universities and community spaces.

Disturbed but not deterred, we know that there is still much work to be done. Continue reading

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Microaggressions at Stanford

by Holly Fetter, ’13

Stanford is a pretty liberal place. It’s a sunny university near San Francisco, so everyone assumes it’s a happy place to be different. And it is! There are incredible resources for students of every background, and diversity isn’t just another buzzword on campus – it’s an integral part of the school’s identity. Stanford (unlike some of its peer institutions) has always been co-ed, racially integrated, and was even tuition-free for the first 30 years of its existence. It is, and always has been, an inclusive place.

But such a comfortable environment can make instances of prejudice even more pernicious. They’re much harder to identify, and if they are identified, the victim is often met with raised eyebrows or counterarguments. Many of us with privilege only see the dangerous “-isms “ (racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, etc.) manifested in blatant, infrequent, dramatic events, without noticing the subtle ways in which we all accidentally communicate prejudice, even if our intentions are good.

These less obvious occurrences are called “microaggressions.” All those syllables refer to “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults toward a particular identity group.” Continue reading

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