OSU Haters
There hasn't been an update in a while-- are you all planning to continue exposing -ism tweets within the OSU community. I was thinking with all the GLBT hate crimes there's probably going to be a lot to post with pride being this month...
Anonymous

Absolutely. OSU Haters will remain active for as long as there are people willing to speak up against hate. To that end, we’ll continue to expose hate speech within the OSU community.

We’d like to remind everyone that we are always open to submissions. If you see something - say something.

Some Advice from the Community

We recently received a question from a potential future student, and we thought that we could serve them best by providing them with the community’s advice. Their question:

“I would like to attend this school someday… I’m an African American and I’m not racist. I fear racism, actually. I’m a freshman in high school haha, but any tips on how to deal with racists?”

Do you have any advice you’d like to share? Feel free to share here.

Here are the community’s thoughts so far:

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Dealing with racism is very similar to dealing with homophobia (for me). It depends a lot on the situation, but if it’s merely verbal, you simply have to be the bigger person and realize they’re a bigot and stuck in the past. It’s obviously upsetting, but try to ignore it. One thing I love about Ohio State is I have never witnessed “real life” homophobia or racism. Most people don’t say anything bad here because they know they’ll get teamed up on, so they cowardly tweet about it instead.

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Well to tell you the truth, racism is actually hard to deal with especially when racism is express through non-verbal microaggressions. There are also verbal microaggressions but you can deal with that easier since there are words being use and the point is clear but there’s been times I’ve dealt with verbal microaggressions and people just refuse to understand and stick to their views and that is frustrating. But non-verbal microaggressions are hard to spot and may take a long time to spot.

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As a white person, I don’t feel I can help with the prospective student very much. I do know we have multiple sororities and fraternities for African American students, and I’ve never heard of my friend being the target of racism. The best I can say is that there is a community here that can support you.

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Being Asian, I understand the fear of racism. But it came to an end when I came to this revelation in my last year in high school. People who are fueled by hate build their own doom. It degrades their humanity. Love doesn’t. People fueled by love aren’t alone and have no need to be afraid. It isn’t simply ignoring them; it’s denying them the chance to satisfy their sad gluttony for attention. Never forget: You are better than them, because you can love others. I hope this helps.

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There are certain classes you can take that talks about the struggles of oppressed identities where you can do projects about yourself and the struggles you experience in your lifetime thus far. This helped me a lot because I was able to tell people to stop using microaggressions. It’s hard to tackle non-verbal microaggressions verbally because it can easily be passed off as something else thus making you look foolish. I hope my advice has helped you understand how racism works in modern time.

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I love it here at The Ohio State University, but it makes me sad to know that there are some people here that say racist things. One of the great things of OSU is our diversity, I love the fact that everyone can find a place to feel welcomed. I like to think that the racists here are a very small minority and that if you encounter 1 racist person, you will find a lot more people who are accepting of all the diversity here.

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What are your thoughts?

We recently received a question from a potential future student, and we think we could serve them best by providing them with your thoughts and advice. Their question:

"I would like to attend this school someday… I’m an African American and I’m not racist. I fear racism, actually. I’m a freshman in high school haha, but any tips on how to deal with racists?"

Submit your thoughts hereWe’ll create another post with all of the comments coming in.

I don't think it's right that you are exposing peoples' faces and personal twitter accounts. I think this website is just going to generate hate and give Ohio State a bad name. It's obvious that something has to be done to educate OSU students about different cultures and tolerance. Perhaps you should put your time toward creating awareness by starting a club, or raise this issue with student government? Do you have any plans to take action besides exposing tweets?
Anonymous

The student government is not ignorant of these issues, nor is the Ohio State administration. Whether Ohio State has a bad name or not is entirely in its own hands. It could clear its name and truly set an example for other universities to follow by authorizing a mandatory class on diversity for the freshman year, or including diversity seminars into freshman orientation. Ohio State can start clearing its name by providing any adequate response to this growing issue. Remember the email we all received from Dr. J? That was the extent of their actions.

We do not have the administrative capabilities which OSU has to combat this issue on such a large scale. There are a multitude of groups that already exist which are working hard on promoting inclusion and diversity on OSU campus. The problem is that students promoting hate speech aren’t likely to join such groups, and thereby they will remain ignorant, and the problem will persist.

Yet if OSU continues to ignore this issue, how can we seriously attempt to revert it? Our capabilities allow us to bring awareness to this issue, but even so, we haven’t nearly reached enough students to warrant a real response from OSU. Nevertheless, students are gradually becoming more aware. This is how we have decided to use our efforts and time to combat this problem. What have you done?

How have you put your time towards creating awareness? That is the question students should start asking themselves – what can I do to make OSU a better, more inclusive campus for ALL of its students to enjoy?

I attend The University of Akron and reading "OSU HATERS" is an assignment in my Diversity in American Society class. I applaud whomever brain-stormed this and got it started! Hopefully, you'll shame some of these people into changing their attitudes towards those who are different then they. I am a 55 year old college student who didn't even know what a computer or a blog was when I was 18. This is a great way to make a difference! Our world is changing and we have to change with it. PROPS!
Anonymous
I don't go to OSU, I attend school in Texas, but I wanted to say that this is awesome. Bullying will not and should not be tolerated ANYWHERE. People may get pissed at you for this, but if they didn't like it, they shouldn't have put it out there. Keep up the good work!
I wanted to leave a comment but somehow I could only find the ask a question box, sorry about that! As an OSU Alum I wanted to thank you for the time you are spending getting this message out and continuing these conversations. I feel as though any effort to help all humans realize how we are connected can only benefit our existence!
Anonymous
I wish something like this existed for all colleges. I went to one in North Carolina, and was part of the Secular Student Alliance. Lots of unwarranted hate, and we never once set out to send a hateful message ourselves. I'm no longer a student at that college (for other reasons, I actually really miss it), but being very.... not diverse (lol, you can tell I'm from Carolina!) it could use one.
Anonymous
So will you report racist tweets against white people or are those not considered racist?
Anonymous

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