OSU Haters
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 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
On Wednesday, October 24th, The Lantern published this quarter-page ad in the Arts and Entertainment section. Since then, The Lantern was asked to apologize for the ad by over 400 people in a petition linked here.
Does the ad deserve a place in The Lantern, or should The Lantern apologize for publishing it? What do you think about the ad?
Let us know here. We’ll update this post with all of the comments coming in.
Here are the community’s thoughts so far:
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they are ultimately responsible for screening the content of their ads, but with that being said, who made the Lantern the barometer of good taste? get that ad revenue! let the racists come out of the woodwork, let us see them in all their unapologetic glory, so that we may avoid and/or engage them at will (and take their money while we’re at it).
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Although I find the ad by flame distasteful, incorrect, and unsympathetic to the individuals who are being profiled because of a misconception due to being closed minded of their religion, I do not believe the ad will cause irreparable damage as long as the lantern apologizes and gives an explanation for the reason behind why the ad was published. Furthermore, the lantern should take precautions against any ad of demeaning content from appearing in the future.
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A newspaper should never allow publishing of material that generalizes accusations against an entire population. Journalists should know better. The only explanation for allowing this to happen, therefore, is the personal hatred of the lantern staff. They can check whether they are being biased or not by asking themselves a simple question: Would we allow an ad that laments Christianity as a violent religion, incompatible with western values, based on the violence inducing text in bible?
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On Wednesday, October 24th, The Lantern published this quarter-page ad in the Arts and Entertainment section. Since then, The Lantern was asked to apologize for the ad by over 400 people in a petition linked here.

Does the ad deserve a place in The Lantern, or should The Lantern apologize for publishing it? What do you think about the ad?

Let us know here. We’ll update this post with all of the comments coming in.

Here are the community’s thoughts so far:

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they are ultimately responsible for screening the content of their ads, but with that being said, who made the Lantern the barometer of good taste? get that ad revenue! let the racists come out of the woodwork, let us see them in all their unapologetic glory, so that we may avoid and/or engage them at will (and take their money while we’re at it).

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Although I find the ad by flame distasteful, incorrect, and unsympathetic to the individuals who are being profiled because of a misconception due to being closed minded of their religion, I do not believe the ad will cause irreparable damage as long as the lantern apologizes and gives an explanation for the reason behind why the ad was published. Furthermore, the lantern should take precautions against any ad of demeaning content from appearing in the future.

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A newspaper should never allow publishing of material that generalizes accusations against an entire population. Journalists should know better. The only explanation for allowing this to happen, therefore, is the personal hatred of the lantern staff. They can check whether they are being biased or not by asking themselves a simple question: Would we allow an ad that laments Christianity as a violent religion, incompatible with western values, based on the violence inducing text in bible?

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Thank you for doing this important work—you already know it's spreading, I but just wanted to give a specific thank you as a UNL alum. Just saw the UNL Haters blog start up recently and as sad/ashamed as it makes me, it also gives me hope that there are people in Nebraska and all over who want to see this change. Keep it up.
Anonymous
Native American student from a fellow Big Ten School. Our cultural groups appreciate this page and we are working on initiatives to counter stereotypes and hate speech on our campus. These kinds of things go on at schools across the country and most people don't realize they are being ignorant, or it's "just a joke, don't be so sensitive." Cultural Awareness! (PS: I would love to see some of the comments on Natives on here if you see some)
Anonymous
Don't have a question--just want to say thank you so much for creating this site. As a person of color, I have tolerated insulting comments from schoolmates since elementary school. I am heading into my 30s...I remember that sh*t like it was yesterday. It doesn't just slide off your shoulders like a harmless joke. You carry it with you for a long time. Of course, it depends on the individual because everyone reacts to and absorbs verbal abuse differently. Anyway, thank you.
Anonymous
I just wanted to thank you guys for running this tumblr, and exposing the hate. None of these "jokes" are funny, and there's no excuse for any of them.
Anonymous
Can we be honest about the issue for a second? First and foremost, the WAY the racist comments were made is ridiculous. Second; I think we all have issues with cultures different from our own, honestly it's natural to view it odd, annoying even infuriating at times. I feel that the Asian OSU population tend to completely dismiss some of our social norms that can be highly irritating. They talk in class during lectures,walking 3 wide down sidewalks and won't fall into line for those passing by...
Anonymous

Here’s a different perspective. What do you guys think? Here are the community’s thoughts so far:

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I feel like the anon before talking about how the Asian students can be irritating is trying just to rationalize peoples’ (not specifically their) hate towards Asians. I don’t feel like the hateful comments were ridiculous, hate is not a joke. And while I don’t deny that there are probably Asian students that do the irritating things, it isn’t just them. You can’t label them as the only group that talk during lectures. Students of all races surely do that.

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I’m assuming that poster is referring to the Asians who are international students, to which I would say: Cut them some slack. They are not going to understand American cultural norms within the first few days (or months or maybe even years) that they are here. If an American decided to live for a long period of time in China, they would probably do many impolite things for a while because they didn’t magically understand Chinese culture.

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I agree that it’s probably natural for us to initially be wary of people from other cultures/ethnicities because they are different from us. But ultimately, to live in this global society and just to be a good person, we have to look past that and see them as people, not just “Asians” or what have you.

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First of all, only excluding the Asian community and judging the whole race for something a number of individuals do IS racism. Period. Second of all, you are talking like the whole Asian community came straight off the boat from China. There ARE such things as Asians born and raised in the US. Again, not cool.

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First of all, you are implying that no non-Asian has ever talked in class, taken up space on stairs, or been unaware that they are blocking another person’s way. These are not actions unique to Asians. It is, in fact, racist to believe so. Second of all, no one is obligated to follow /your/ “social norms.” That is an incredibly ethnocentric and problematic opinion.

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Ohio State is an international university, NOT just an American one. This idea that the minority must always conform to the majority’s standards of what is normal is ridiculous. Society thinks it’s normal and acceptable to get angry at cultural differences, but it’s not. People feel annoyed and infuriated because they feel superior (whether they recognize it or not) and they probably have no idea what it’s like to be in a minority group.

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The fact that it is a social norm in the US doesn’t mean that it’s the social norm elsewhere in the world. If you’re upset with the ppl doing the above, why not just tell them politely? & im sure nt only Asians do the above….

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Perspective from a foreign Asian

Hi, I was reading blog from blog and I ended up here. I’m an Asian from France, and everytime I read this kind of racist post, I’m really shocked about it because this just can’t happen in France.

First, due to American history, there’s a strong ethnic separation. As I studied for one year in Canada, it seems totally normal to have African association/Asian association/Iranian assoc etc. In France, on the opposite we don’t, we even strongly reject this kind of community thing, for instance the Chinese government offered a Chinese “door/arch” to Paris but it was refused because that would have created official communities while we want integration.

Second, from what I’ve seen so far in  America, many ppl feel Black/Asian/[…] before American, but what is being American? America is a young country built by immigrants and diversity and that makes it rich culturally. But the pb now is accepting differences and talk about it, not just posting a stupid tweet. It’s totally possible to feel both without any struggle!
I can go on and on but it will be just a bigger mess and sorry for my English.

ps: you’re doing a really great jobs, your answers are really neutral and well explained!

Why are you doing this? Alot of those tweets aren't even racist. They're just jokes. Some are stereotypes but id say 95% of the tweets you post are not at all racist. You should learn what racist means. Its blatantly hating someone for BC of their race. Alot of this stuff are jokes or just mild stereotypes. You are an embarressment. You think you're helping people but you're not. Please stop. You're not important.
Anonymous

"Why are you doing this? …"

Our ultimate goal is to provide awareness to the hate speech that’s occurring online. OSU Haters believes that awareness is an important first step to tackling the issue of hate speech. By increasing awareness, not only will the victims take part in the effort to be rid of hate speech, but witnesses will also be compelled to do so. This way, we can increase the effectiveness of the student groups and university organizations working on this problem by providing evidence of their necessity, and help people decide to take part in those efforts.

We expose all forms of hate, not just racism. Prejudice and promoting stereotypes fall under that category as well.

Hate Cannot Solve Hate

The discussions and dialogue about hate speech we have been seeing is amazing. It’s important that we talk about these issues and grow together into better people, and make this university an even more diverse and happy place. Please remember to be civil – spread love and understanding.

Don’t succumb to hate or harassment – that defeats the purpose. In the end, hate cannot solve hate. As adults, especially mature college students, let’s avoid confrontation and accusations. Instead of stooping down to that level, let’s bring everyone else up. Let our ultimate goal be of inclusion and learning, through intellectual discussions.

As long as there is hate speech at OSU, we will continue to expose it. Once OSU becomes the model of diversity and inclusion, OSU Haters will have accomplished its goal.