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Pet Sins July 1999 Issue
Racism on campus

School, with is deadlines and responsibilities, can be demanding enough without the additional stress of people problems. In an ideal situation, our children and young people go to school to learn to be better people and more useful members of society.

But in reality, both those who are supposed to educate and those who are supposed to learn sometimes deviate from their duties by taunting their students or classmates. Racial discrimination is unfortunately a staple in some schools, creating an openly hostile, or at best extremely isolating situation for students of color in particular. For those living on campus, the constant reminder of social rejection can take its toll over time.