USC Forum hosted by students gets heated about racist photo
USC student Shana Bethea voiced her opinion about reporting racist comments that happen on campus.
Alex Grant spoke out several times about the racist photo during the forum.
Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Dozier, supported the forum and believed the conversations are vital
By: Corry Carr
Over a hundred USC students showed up to the Unite USC forum. Most of discussion was about the racist photo that shocked the USC community last Friday. The photo pictured a USC student writing a racist slur on a whiteboard in the campus library.
The forum opened with students voicing their opinions about the incident. Student after student expressed their anger about the photo.
“That's why people Yik Yak because they think they can get about with it because its anonymous, if you hear something you need to say it, if you hear something you need to say it. That's why she got suspended was cause everybody got up and they decided to file a report and say something about it,” Shana Bethea said.
Students believe that the reason why this photo is getting so much attention is because there is a person to blame for it.
“I was hurt but I can't say that I was surprised. These types of things really do happen here at USC we see them on Yik Yak , you know people might make anonymous post sometimes. I think what was so different about this situation was that you know we had a name and a face to associate with the discrimination and so that almost makes it more hurtful,” Alex Grant said.
Office of Diversity and Inclusion members supported the forum and thought it was beneficial.
“These forums and these conversations are vital to the fabric to the culture of our institution especially at times like this when there's been a tear to that fabric, we need to re-mend, re-mend that fabric,” USC's Chief Diversity Officer Dr. John Dozier said.
Some believe more work is needed. One said the people who say discriminatory phrases needed attend the forum.
“I think it was helpful but I think it could be more beneficial, like someone said inside, the people who need to hear this, are not here," Grant said.