EIU panel discussion tonight to focus on alleged racism

2013-01-30T00:00:00Z EIU panel discussion tonight to focus on alleged racism JG-TC.com
January 30, 2013 12:00 am

CHARLESTON (JG-TC) —Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.-Omicron Delta and Eastern Illinois University Youth & College Division of NAACP are hosting a panel discussion today called “Are We EIU?”

The panel is set to convene at 7 p.m. today at Eastern’s Coleman Hall Auditorium.

According to Andrea Yarbrough, an organizer of the event, the panel is a call to action due to alleged racial tension in the community and around Eastern’s campus.

“Black students at EIU are constantly being harassed in this community, yet no one is speaking about it,” Yarbrough said. “While many of these students may only be at EIU four to five years, it is not fair that they spend money in this community, live in this community and contribute to the overall betterment of the community through many service projects, but are treated as second class citizens.

“It has to stop somewhere. As a community we are asking ‘Are We EIU?’ And where does the discrimination end, as well as what steps can we take toward a solution.”

The event is open to the public.

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  1. Lefty
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    Lefty - February 06, 2013 11:12 pm
    Haha! GRINGA is cryin' about bein' attacked by "the black community" for not "justifying being born caucasian!"

    1. GRINGA presumes those posters pointing out his racism ARE BLACK! Yet they never said anything about their skin color. Ergo, GRINGA's prejudices are revealed by his presumptions of a commentator's motives.

    2. Ahhh the ol' "Black History Month" and "Reverend Al" jabs! Its the "all black people are like this.." line.

    GRINGA, save face, pal... silence is your friend.
  2. sheepdog
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    sheepdog - February 05, 2013 4:25 pm
    "Interesting..." or "amusing"?
  3. gringa
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    gringa - February 02, 2013 1:38 pm
    I tell ya, I give up. It really is quite unnecessary for anyone to feel forced by the black community to justify being born Caucasian? A white person has no control over skin color at birth.

    Your contrived focus on the level of my education/intelligence says a lot more about your own insecurities than it says about your opinion of my achievements.

    Live in the past if you want. Your choice. As for myself, I choose to live in a brighter, more enlightened era - otherwise known as 'today'.

  4. Time Lord
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    Time Lord - February 01, 2013 2:24 pm
    "I seem to recall just who it was who used to yell the loudest over not getting their comments posted. Given who was carping the most, I would imagine a lot of the rejected ones were of a racial nature."

    If you mean that guy from New Mexico, I agree with you.
  5. hamptonturrenewton
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    hamptonturrenewton - February 01, 2013 1:25 pm
    The term "Black Power" insists upon an oppressed and demoralized group of people achieving the simple freedoms that were denied to them for hundreds of years. Coined during the civil rights movement along with "All Power to the People" which was used by lower class, oppressed blacks, WHITES, Hispanics, and other minorities. "White Power" is geared towards the terrorization and extermination of these minorities in order to preserve the white race. Big difference.

    You should read more often.
  6. hamptonturrenewton
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    hamptonturrenewton - February 01, 2013 1:16 pm
    "Same ol line every year as we approach black history month..." is racially demeaning and insists that black people redundantly try to become socially conscious only 28 days out of every year. It was racist, blatantly disrespectful, and unnecessary. It was a coincidence that the shooting happened at the end of January, what the hell does Black History month have to do with anything? Let's call a spade a spade. Yes, the comment was racist. Plain and simple.
  7. Black power
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    Black power - February 01, 2013 1:06 pm
    Oh and don't even get me started on the media biasIt looks great to capture "angry Black women" at a meeting on racial discrimination. The fact that this article states, "alleged" racist comments when they were clearly there in Black & White, shows a bias.

    You need some serious education and to recognize that you create more problems in trying to defend racists and dismiss true issues in this community. Happy learning!
  8. Black power
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    Black power - February 01, 2013 12:43 pm
    Gringa, no I would not be uneasy because I acknowledge that we live in a white supremacist society, you however need to be educated. And petty name calling is so childish and unnecessary, grow up!! Black power is not racist in any form, if you knew any Black history you would know that it means black unity and power to the people.

    I think you are a bit emotional and blind to the issue at hand. America hasn't heard enough about the plight of the Black community.
  9. gringa
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    gringa - February 01, 2013 8:32 am
    You 'seem' to recall? LOL. You go ahead and 'imagine' anything you want, Hary.

    I'm not a racist. Get over it.

    I can accept so-called gays while totally rejecting homosexual behaviors. In case you somehow missed it, there are only two genders: male and female.

    Hary, pls pass this on to your friend DDP who seems to think Charleston wouldn't be thriving if it weren't for EIU minorities. I agree, EIU is good for our local economy, but dollar bills are green, not black and white.
  10. Hary P
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    Hary P - February 01, 2013 7:19 am
    gringa says...Dot, I agree with the general point of your post, but I do not recall ever seeing a racist remark on this webiste forum. Penny (and staff) do an excellent job of monitoring on here on all fronts - especially on the race and sexual orientation fronts.

    I seem to recall just who it was who used to yell the loudest over not getting their comments posted. Given who was carping the most, I would imagine a lot of the rejected ones were of a racial nature.
  11. gringa
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    gringa - January 31, 2013 10:18 pm
    Black Power, if I were posting as "White Power", would that perhaps put you ill at ease? Hey, it’s a two-way street, Bozo. Is Black Power not just a little racist, my friend? Perhaps a tad bit inflammatory?

    I refuse to take part in race-based emotional tirades. America hears enough of that from Jesse and Al and Louis and Jeremiah. Take a look at the faces of the blacks that Ken Trevarthan so artfully captured in his photos at that meeting. The whites are clearly listening to what's being said and they are clearly concerned about the issues. Many of the black countenances seem angry and aggressive.
  12. AngieHunt
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    AngieHunt - January 31, 2013 7:08 pm
    Gringa, it's obvious you didn't read the comments and know nothing of what actually happened. I did read them. They were racist and disgusting. I can give you a great deal of evidence of other harassment if you'd like, just let me know. Stories that would make a normal person sick. The slander was by ignorant people who have nothing better to do than spread their own stupidity. Instead of dismissing this, why wouldn't you condemn those who did it? Why on earth would you defend it??
  13. heavyweight
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    heavyweight - January 31, 2013 6:08 pm
    "45% of them being Caucasian!"

    Interesting....
  14. TruthfulPassion
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    TruthfulPassion - January 31, 2013 4:17 pm
    So I will forever repeat this "same ol' line" until people understand exactly what is going on. I am not hostile, I am concerned. We have not slandered anyone, we have voiced our concerns for the slander that WE have been receiving. And also, as far as the townie subject, an illiterate person is one who shows lack of culture or knowledge in a particular field...so if the shoe fits then it fits.
  15. TruthfulPassion
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    TruthfulPassion - January 31, 2013 4:16 pm
    Same ol' line right? I know, I'm sick of it too. I'm sick of the fact that we still have to even address issues like this in the year 2013. The thing is, however long it takes us to make sure our stories are heard and appreciated is however long we will continue to give you this "same ol' line". Whether it is two days before black history month starts or whether it is two months after it has has ended. Because see, I'm not just black for the short month of February, I'm black every single day.
  16. TruthfulPassion
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    TruthfulPassion - January 31, 2013 3:59 pm
    It turned out GREAT.
  17. Black power
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    Black power - January 31, 2013 3:49 pm
    First were you at the event Gringa?? If you were there you would have heard the specific Racist comments that were directed at the Black community. While the sorority is primarily Black, it is a historical organization that was founded because Black women were excluded from White sororities. However, they have many White members! The community is being slandered by people like you Gringa, who are too close minded to acknowledge white privilege and supremacy.
  18. gringa
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    gringa - January 31, 2013 3:40 pm
    Poor DDP, sounds like you have a chip on your shoulder.

    The ZPB local chapter membership is NOT 45% white! Why did you say that?

    Why do you think you have a chance at a civil conversation when you use words like ""YOUR" kind"?

    Kind of threatening when you say ".. add fuel to a fire that burns among more than just "a few black students"." After almost 150 years; maybe it's time to end your hatred, or whatever it is that's causing that fire to burn.
  19. heavyweight
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    heavyweight - January 31, 2013 3:01 pm
    "Just know that your racist comments add fuel to a fire that burns...."

    What "racist comments"?
  20. heavyweight
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    heavyweight - January 31, 2013 2:58 pm
    "The comments already here attest to the racism that exists in this community."

    WHAT comments "attest to the racsim that exists in this community"?
  21. DDP1920
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    DDP1920 - January 31, 2013 1:33 pm
    As an alum member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, and also a tax paying, hard working member of the community, our mission is to appeal to all walks of life through our contribution to the community "regardless of race, creed or color.." and not only do we state this but this chapter in your community shows this with our members being majority African American, but also 45% of them being Caucasian!

    So you GRINGA I say make sure you open up your simple mind before opening up your big mouth!
  22. P Neumann
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    P Neumann - January 31, 2013 1:32 pm
    Please let us know how that turns out.
  23. DDP1920
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    DDP1920 - January 31, 2013 1:28 pm
    Sir/or Maam if this were a "black thing" as one stated on here, the 50% of Caucasians would not have attended the event. Also, there were many topics discussed besides racial discrimination and shooting such as discrimination against the LGBT community and also sexual assault amongst women.

    If this were a "black thing" many of "YOUR" kind would not have spoken up, and may I add if it weren't for the black students amongst other minorities your community would not be thriving as it is today.
  24. rdheicher
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    rdheicher - January 31, 2013 11:26 am
    You have got to be kidding me right now. The comments already here attest to the racism that exists in this community. I don't think I need any other evidence.
  25. hamptonturrenewton
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    hamptonturrenewton - January 31, 2013 11:15 am
    Yarbrough didn't add the specifics because she was clearly paraphrased like everyone else. Had you actually attended the event you would have heard stories and facts from students, faculty, and community members of ALL races who agree with her 100%. Just know that your racist comments add fuel to a fire that burns among more than just "a few black students". You're a cancer to the community.

    Don't worry. I'll take your white supremacist attitude as a mixture of ignorance and privilege.
  26. sheepdog
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    sheepdog - January 30, 2013 9:37 pm
    They ARE being harassed. Simply look at the percentage of Blacks in our prison population compared to the overall population.
  27. gringa
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    gringa - January 30, 2013 4:14 pm
    Dot, I agree with the general point of your post, but I do not recall ever seeing a racist remark on this webiste forum. Penny (and staff) do an excellent job of monitoring on here on all fronts - especially on the race and sexual orientation fronts.

    If this Yarbrough person is expecting someone else to take responsibility for how she "feels", someone needs to remind her that no one is responsible for how she feels about anything, except her.
  28. Dottedline
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    Dottedline - January 30, 2013 3:34 pm
    It is puzzling that the news reports of criminal behavior involving violence and gunshots in
    Charleston this past weekend that reportedly involved a large group of black students at a local bar has generated this contrived reaction from a black students' group. If some people make ugly remarks in an online forum, that does not make an entire community racist. REAL problems, e.g. the level of violence and anti-social behavior from ALL "colors" need all of our efforts for change!
  29. gringa
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    gringa - January 30, 2013 2:27 pm
    Same ol' line we hear every year as we approach black history month. Keep in mind, this sorority is primarily for blacks only. How's that for discrimination against non-blacks, and self-imposed segregation? Yarbrough didn't add specifics because there’s no evidence of harassment.

    Seems as though our community is being slandered once again by a few black students. Reason? Most ‘townies’ are white and presumed by certain hostile EIU miscreants to be not only illiterate, but racist as well.
  30. USA70
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    USA70 - January 30, 2013 8:19 am
    "black students...are constantly being harrassed" Where is this happening? I live in the area and have not seen this behaviour in any community. If it happens in Charleston, please give some details. I'm curious as to what this conference will bring to light.
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