The Louisville Cardinal Online - Sister Souljah sparks campus controversy
Though Sister Souljah, an African-American author, activist, and lecturer, spoke on the University of Louisville campus over a month ago, her lecture has had a lasting impact. After her Oct. 28 lecture on 'Black Student Activism on College Campuses,' Louisville Cardinal columnist Brian Yates wrote an opinion article questioning her appearance on U of L"s campus. This article, as well as local media attention, spurred a forum on Sister Souljah"s lecture and a response from Mordean Taylor-Archer, the Vice Provost for Diversity and Equal Opportunity at U of L.
Sister Souljah was brought to the university in Oct. as part of the Bank One Diversity Lecture Series. Bank One donated $50,000 to the university after some of the company"s representatives were found passing out racist t-shirts on campus. A committee of students, faculty and staff decided to earmark this money for programs addressing diversity.
[. . .] Not everyone got a positive message from Sister Souljah"s lecture. Jill Adkins, a junior political science major who spoke on WHAS radio on Nov. 18 with Yates, felt very uncomfortable at the lecture. 'I respect African-Americans. I respect Asians. I respect all people. But I do not respect the fact that I came there for a diversity speech only to hear examples against white people. I had to sit there for two hours and listen to this speaker say nothing but hateful remarks. I felt hated,' Adkins said.
Welcome to our world, sister.
I mean, *ahem* there is no place for offensive statements, regardless of the source.
Many black women at the forum pointed out that if anyone should"ve been offended at the lecture, it should"ve been black women. Shelanda Frazier, a senior communication major, said that Sister Souljah talked about how black women represent themselves, how they act when they are with their boyfriends or trying to pursue men, how society makes black women and how black women accept that they"re 'hoochies,' 'sluts,' 'whores' and 'bitches.' 'She said that,' Frazier stated. 'All I could say was "Ouch." I can"t get angry because it"s the truth and the truth hurts.'
Another woman at the forum mentioned that, though Sister Souljah said a lot of things she didn"t agree with, she still got a lot out of the message as a white woman about self-respect and respecting others. 'I think that"s more what she was talking about than hating white people,' the woman said.
Unless you have a very good reason for doing it.