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?

So will you report racist tweets against white people or are those not considered racist?
Anonymous

All forms of hate are valid submissions. You could submit hate speech here: http://osuhaters.tumblr.com/submit

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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Just wanted to say thank you for what you're doing. I will be doing something similar for my school. How do you go about getting these tweets, etc.? Do you just collect them from submissions? Thanks again for exposing hate and trying to make your school a better place for everyone.
Anonymous

We appreciate your interest in making your campus a better place! We use the built-in search functions of Twitter to find the discriminating tweets. For example, entering:

<search term> near:”osu” within:15mi

Brings up relevant results within our immediate area. Due to greater awareness, most of our tweets now come from anonymous submissions.

OSU was actually one of my first choice schools until I started reading all the hate and racism that's going on within the university. Should I allow this to affect my applying or just hope it gets better by next year when I would be attending?
Anonymous

This phenomenon is occurring throughout all campuses in the US. OSU is progressive enough to have multiple organizations and student groups which are working on dissolving hate speech. We are still a very diverse campus, and it’s easy to fit in with other students of similar background or with similar interests.

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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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.

I'm sure somebody has asked this already, but there are too many posts for me to go through them all. I like how this site is OSU Haters and not OSU racists. Do you think it's time to start exposing more than just racist tweets from OSU Haters (ie gender discrimination, religious discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination)? I know every category there could be its own blog, but racism is not the only issue of discrimination at OSU and around the world.
Anonymous

We try to expose many forms of hate - discrimination against race, ethnicity, gender, the disabled, sexual orientation, religion, etc. Because of this, we accept submissions involving all forms of hate.

From the submissions, and our own findings, it seems that racism and xenophobia are more widely represented online than other forms of hate speech.

Despite this, we will continue to expose ALL forms of hate which come across our path.

If someone asks to take it down due to misunderstanding or regret, will you?
Anonymous

Yes, we will. We have already wiped identifying information from some posts.

True regret is difficult to establish - so it takes time and effort from those responsible. They could start by admitting guilt, acknowledging that people feel hurt from their comments, and sincerely apologizing. 

And if they do want to apologize and have it taken down, how can one do so?
Anonymous

They can click on the “Ask a Question” button, and provide their name, as well as the necessary details they believe will suffice for the removal of their personal information from the post.

Do you accept classist and sexist tweets as well? Or is this specifically targeting racism?
Anonymous

All forms of hate against diversity and inclusion are acceptable submissions.

There are several people arguing for the freedom of speech anonymously on the 10TV website. As far as I know, hate speech is legal in the US and any law prohibiting hate speech is unconstitutional (while it is illegal in many other countries including France, Germany, Canada, UK, etc.). As an Asian student at OSU myself, I'm not trying to defend those derogatory tweets but I'd like to know your position on this.
Anonymous
Legality:
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/315/568/case.html
Summary of above: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaplinsky_v._New_Hampshire
"There are certain well-defined and narrowly limited classes of speech, the prevention and punishment of which have never been thought to raise any constitutional problem. These include the lewd and obscene, the profane, the libelous, and the insulting or "fighting" words those which by their very utterance inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace. It has been well observed that such utterances are no essential part of any exposition of ideas, and are of such slight social value as a step to truth that any benefit that may be derived from them is clearly outweighed by the social interest in order and morality."
Morality:
Nobody will limit your freedom of speech. If you wish to spread hate, we cannot stop you. But your friends, family, the public and future employers will judge you. You may not break the law, but you probably also won’t be respected, or get a job.