NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A particularly well-written letter to the editor published in Tuesday’s Daily Targum perhaps revealed the latest racial discrimination scandal at Rutgers University.
The letter alledges that an unnamed “white doctoral student” who also serves as an instructor in the English Department sent an invitation to the white students in her class for a balls-to-the-wall celebration of racist culture, complete with a screening of “Song of the South” and maybe even some “watermillyum” (watermelon).
The invitation even specified to use caution when bringing univnvited guests, because “I might yell racist things at the TV!”
According to the letter, several students responded with “enthusiasm” to the idea of a racism extravaganza.
The authors of the letter to the editor, 11 disappointed students in the “Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality in Education” class, said the invitation was “insulting, damaging, and racially offensive.”
The instructor was “scolded” by a few professors according to the authors, but otherwise the department took no action:
“This racist email, and the other students’ reactions to it — including their silence — have now shaped the learning environment in their classroom, in much the same way as the department’s failure to act appropriately has shaped the environment beyond the classroom. A few professors scolded the writer. However, no one in the department publicly acknowledged the racist, discriminatory nature of the email.”
Stay tuned for more on this as it develops. It’s already been made it to Jezebel.com.
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate, a community organizer, and a former independent candidate for mayor of New Brunswick.