Monday, April 17, 2006

DI: Daily Idiocy?

Column: A remedy for self-segregation

The latest idiocy from a DI columnist: If we are forced to live on the same floor, the racial segregation at UI will diminish. (Read: Housing causes the segregation here at UI.)

Billy Joe Mills may be a conservative who concerns about diversity issues, but he is also a fool if he really thinks Housing can solve the deeply-rooted racial disharmony that students bring to this campus.

Having said that, I would even argue that few institutions do MORE to promote diversity than housing. As a former RA, I know the training Housing provides to its staff and its hall leaders. Further, I am familiar with the opportunities Housing provides for all residents to break down the barriers of misunderstanding. Where else on campus do these things happen? Not the Greek system. Not the classroom. Not by programs run by the ISS.

Billy Joe is right to recognize that UI has racial problems that need to be addressed. He is even correct to assert that Housing can play a crucial role in the process. Reasonable people can have opposing opinions regarding what role Housing takes and how impactful it can be.

However, to blindly assume that Housing programs can serve as a panacea shows his naive thinking. Further, to accuse Housing of perpetuating the problems is irresponsible and dead wrong.

What trash with the DI print next?


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