The uni's response didn't really help things. It's hard to nail these things down, of course, but the best description is probably that the university is slow and reactive (rather than proactive). They also seem clumsy; the most widely-discussed incident involved a black girl but not an Afro-American (she's of Afro-Caribbean descent). It just seemed like a low priority. In several emails they talked about it like the aggressor was him/herself a victim. I just don't get a sense that this whole thing has been taken seriously.
For some official reports:
- a summary + critique of the hate act and the university's response, from our student paper
- a shorter article in a regional non-school newspaper, summarizing the events but not passing judgement
- a petition Fordham students organized + signed, outlining specific changes that needed to be made
I don't know how to handle this better, though. Fordham people, what do you think about the new FAQ, and the situation in general? Everyone else, how do you think institutions like universities should handle this kind of thing? I'm trying to be fair to all involved, but this whole situation just makes me feel ill at ease, for some reason that I can't quite explain.
PS - I agree with the Ram article writer: even if Fordham truly did value tolerance, that's not aiming high enough IMO. Christian love requires love of the neighbor, not just a vague acceptance that he has a right to be here too.