Over the past few months protests against racial discrimination have occurred on college campuses across the United States.  Inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests students of all races have begun to speak out about discrimination between students as well as among teachers.  We all would like to believe that we are beyond racism and the old ways of thinking but that it a dangerous and naive belief to hold.  Donna Lisker, the dean of Ithacan College addresses the student body and says, “I don’t think I ever want to fall into a false sense of security, that things can’t happen here”.The type of racism that is most prominent now is through our words, or social slurs and demeaning stereotypes. This is referred to as microagression, and it adds on to any difficulty a student of color may already have.  This re-evaluation of our words is the next step in ending racism.


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