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Atheism, minorities, white males, and just shutting up / Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

I am an atheist, liberal, white male faculty member in a fairly conservative department on campus.  When I moved to Lafayette 10 years ago, it took me quite a while to adjust to the conservative religious culture around here, having lived in another, larger city where religion was not really openly discussed. My first shock […]

You sign racist / Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Learning bits and pieces of the culture is par for the course in learning a new language. It can sometimes be challenging to situate your own world views in a context of a new culture, even one that shares the same political borders as your own. For reasons I don’t understand natively, I have encountered […]

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  1. Boiler Identities says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. It’s important that perceptions of racism and racial marginalization are shared across campus and that the questions you mention are brought up and discussed. Reach out if you’d like assistance in voicing your concerns to other outlets.

Just groceries, but not able to escape Lafayette’s anger / Friday, October 7th, 2016

I was checking out at Payless on Greenbush with my partner, and the cashier refused to help us fix our machine. She got really aggressive and finally I told her she needed to stop and just do her job and help us. She immediately called us faggots. I’ve never been called that before. Both of […]

Check & Chows / Saturday, October 1st, 2016

My name is Chuck. I’m mixed: half-black, half-white. I have an American accent. My friend is very Chinese–visibly and by accent–but goes by the English name Charles (it’s his preference). His speech is highly intelligible. We worked in the same lab on campus.   Every once in awhile, we get a new lab member. We […]

More Than the Just the Negative / Monday, September 19th, 2016

Coming into Purdue I knew it would be a new start, a clean slate. My roommate, who is from the other side of the world, grew up in a society where homosexuals, bisexuals, etc. where not really thought of and if there were, no one spoke of it. Normally I could not care any less […]

It’s me, whoever you were actually looking for / Sunday, September 18th, 2016

I have an afro. It’s a distinctive, low-frequency yet well-attested hairstyle. I am not the only one in the greater Lafayette area who wears one. There are at least two other people who also have afros. I do not know them, but I do know their names. Despite not having the same body type, hair […]

Stalked by a staff member / Saturday, September 10th, 2016

When a staff member found out that I didn’t share the same world views as him, he made a false report to police about me. When the police got involved, I had no idea why at first. For days I was terrified, would throw up, and couldn’t sleep. Instead of going home, I would sleep […]

Not a minority? / Sunday, July 10th, 2016

I’m a white male, but that doesn’t mean I don’t face discrimination. I am protected because of a privilege that I didn’t earn due to my race and sex—that’s true. Yet, there are several others ways I am a minority. I don’t feel that I should have to discuss these other ways, to be honest, […]

Homophobia on campus – a different problem for bisexuals / Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

This happened several months ago, but I’ve never forgotten it. I was walking back to my car after leaving campus with a faculty friend. He’s gay, and I’m bi—although not many people on campus know that about me. As we were walking back, a grad student-aged guy walked out of the Egyptian Café and called […]

Disability discrimination: We shouldn’t have to remind you / Saturday, June 18th, 2016

I have an accommodation from the Disability Resource Center. It’s not a big one, but I get to use my laptop during class. The reasons aren’t particularly important, but not everyone agrees that I should get to use it at all. In my department, the faculty aren’t huge fans of using technology in class. They […]

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