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    I have to share. I just graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. It's been one heck of an experience to be a black girl at a predominately white institution, to say the least. But it's not only the racism, so many unbelievable things happen on campus, but no one ever finds out. Well, finally the public knows. Recently a professor/dean slapped a student, here's the link:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13166026/

    The update is that he was NOT fired. The university claims that he will be or has been "reprimanded" but they refused to tell the public what that reprimation was or is. Unbelievable.

    I have had so much happen to me at this place. I recently had an article published in the last edition of the school newspaper for my own closure. Here's a link to it (on my blog):

    http://minoritynursingstudent.blogspot.com...-newspaper.html

    I blocked out the names of the schools in the article for future privacy. I don't know if this against the rules to post things from personal blogs, but if so, I can edit this post and direct you to the article via another website also!

    I keep having this discussion w/ my mother about why brown people keep dropping out of this university. I've gotten to the point where all I can say is that it isn't safe or healthy to be here (I still work here for two more months). But this is happening at universities across this country, so where is one to go? People asked me through my undergrad, why don't you go somewhere else? My answer is we can't just keep running. I can at least finish what I started and then move on.

    Are there students on these boards in similar situations?

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    You're a living success. I'm glad you decided to finish there.

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    Loving Pecola,

    I just wanna give you a hug in unity because I totally understand and I applaud your strength and perseverance.

    No, you are not alone and plenty folks can give their stories in varying degrees. I had a friend put it like this: "Many of us students of color are soldiers in the truest sense of the word. When we get up to dress for class we are dressing for battle."

    It happens in larger schools in metropolitan areas too and as a result many students of color become tight knit and band together.

    I'm glad you made it through, I'm glad your spirit wasn't broken, and I'm glad and your voice wasn't silenced.

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    Good for you!! I went to a predominently white university as well and although the name of the school on my degree is worth a lot, the experience was worth even more! I am such a stronger person today. It really prepared me for a lot of what is going on in society and the workplace. I woudl still go back and do it all over again. Like you said, we can't keep running so stay positive, we have to start somewhere

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    Awww ((hugz))

    Thanks everyone for the responses!

    As an "English person" I have to look at my post and laugh...Is reprimation even a word? I'ma have to look that one up...I am know for making up my own words!

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    Dealing with tenured folks is a trip. I figure it's the tenure that makes them lose their minds, thinking they can do whatever to whom ever. Here at WASHU (a predominantly white University), a black male professor (ironically) treated a black female grad student in a very unprofessional and intimidating manner. I won't go into details (I don't want to embarass her)...because of imporper guidance, the poor grad student failed her prelim twice. Hopefully she has switched departments. I haven't heard from her since the last time we saw eachother.

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    Great article. Very well-written.

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    Great article. Very well written, I can see that you're a wordsmith.

    Reminds me of an article I wrote for the campus paper 7 years ago while I was an undergraduate. That particular university was quite diverse, with a lot of international students and a visible community of black students (proportionally too small, of course) - but a few of your experiences still ring familiar. I can say that I never had a tough time at that (Ivy) university because of my race, but every now and then something would happen that would reveal a virulent undertone of racism coming from the so-called "conservative" activists in the student body.

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    Thanks for the feedback folks! It was a crazy place to try to learn something. I am so glad that adversity has a way of making us stronger in the end!

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    I am glad you had the drive to graduate in that environment.

    To save money I decided to go to community college my first two years. I am currently transfering to a dual degreee program where I'll be attending an HBCU (Univ. of Maryland Eastern Shore) and a prodominently white school Salisbury Univ. I decided in high school I wanted to attend an HBCU. You get tired of being the Black Ambassador. Despite the fact that I have always attended a predominently white school I have experience very few instances of overt racism. I admire the fact that you spoke truth to power. And by the way I read your letter to the editor and the artile about the kid being slaped on the Univ. website. What the hell is going on at that school? And I you gotten any feedback from recent graduates or current students about your letter?

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    Thanks for reading and sharing!

    I wanted to go to a HBCU also, Bennett College in NC, but the funding just wasn't there! If I had of known then what I know now, I would have happily taken out every loan available and went anyway! Never follow the money, LOL.

    So now, when I think about grad school - especially how much it costs - I just close my eyes and write the check!

    To answer your question, YES, people emailed me and thnaked me in person for the article afterwards, but there was no formal response (nor did I expect one because by now I know what's up with this place). Ironically, most responses were from white students.

    I must say Omaha, NE is a weird kind of place for black people. I can't describe it exactly, but there is a sense of ignorant complacency and outright idleness that seeps into the minds of the people here. The slogan of the state is "The Good Life" which I guess characterizes the slowness of living...there are a few interesting things going on, but at the same time what you will hear most is "It's a great place to retire," which should explain why the city has a hard time keeping its educated citizens...

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    Well, I normally don't tell people where I got my undergrad degree, because i'm embarrased that I paid to attend the institution, but it's sufficient to say that it is one the whitest of the white schools in the USA. I don't feel like I was a soldier for going there, I feel like I was a sucker . Because, it was a complete waste of time. And, I didn't learn anything because the classes, the teachers and the students were just so lack luster and racist, it was pathetic. But, I was young and I didn't know any better. I lived at home during the experience, but I know the 3 or 4 other African American students on campus were having a terrible time (to put it mildly). Now that I'm 14 years away from that experience, I don't even put the school on my resume, mainly because it has such a reputation for being a white country club, that in the past, it caused more harm than good for my African self to have it on my resume.

    At least you were able to get a useful degree, nursing, and when you get out there in the working world and start doing the meaningful work that you were meant to do, I think you'll be able to put the bad memories behind you fairly quickly.

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