The Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 77, No. 7, Ed. 1, Friday, May 4, 1990 Page: 2 of 8
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Minorities must be individuals
by Calvin Ford
"Calvin why aren't you like most black people?" This is a question that
has haunted me since my freshman year at Hardln-Slmmons. I am very well
aware that I am black and yes I am proud to be black. Everyone should be
proud of thoir color. God made us and He does not make junk. If someone
could show me the correct way black people act then they deserve a hero
cookie. However the answer Is impossible. I have been talking to and tak-
ing surveys of several college students about minorities. They all believe
that minorities are stereotyped. Why are we stereotyped? The reason is Ig-
norance. All of my life I have struggled with several things. This has to be the
worst. Sometimes I have things happen to me because of the color of my
skin but I don't let It bother me. Racism Is a reality it Is a way of life. I
believe that because of all the stereotyping people think that they should
act out the stereotypes. The term used for this condition Is known as self-
fulfilling prophecy. It Is very hard to hear that 25 percent of black males bet-
ween the ages of 17 and 25 are In prison. One reason Is they are fulfilling
their perceived role. They are supposod to be violent lazy thieves. If we
keep saying this to them that is what they will become. Tell a person that
they are stupid and they will tend to act stupid. Wo must tell them
something positive. It Is more Important than you think. We must tell them
them something positive about their race. A famous writer said "If we
forget our past we have no future." Of course I love history but didn't
minorities have a past? Emphasize their good qualities not the bad. I have
to give honor to my father. He taught us that If we want to succeed we can.
He taught us not to be what others want us to be but be what God wants us
After asking several students at Hardln-Slmmons about minorities I
found how uneducated some of the students are. The missionary kids
know more about minority culture than anyone. They were taught. Most
whites believe they are stereotyped. Some of them believe that one must
really get to' know someone before you put them into a class. I have two
very good friends who I talked to about minorities. One happens to be what
some might call a "nerd." I did not classify him as a nerd. Once I got to
know him I found he Just studies hard. Yes he has a social life. He Is Involv-
ed in athletics. Funny thing about him is I was the first black friend he has
ever had. He claims I am not the stereotypical black guy. He is intimidated
by blacks Just because of the long standing black stereotypes. The other
friend who is a farm boy and classified as a cowboy Is far from being that. I
happen to be the only black friend he ever met and this Is what he had to
say about me "I don't think because you are black and I am white that that
make us unable to relate. You and I are alot alike. I can can relate to you
better than I can relate to alot of other people regardless of color sex or
background." Funny how I feel the same way 'about this cowboy.
So I'm encouraging everyone else to be proud of your color. Don't put
people Into different classes. We are all alike In so many ways. God made
all of us. Forget about color and Just be you. Be proud to be whatever color
you are. I am going to be Calvin. I'm glad God made me the way He did. I'm
different but I can relate. Minorities don't live up to this self-fulfilling role.
Prove them wrong. One student stated "I think It Is Important for minorities
not to think they have to act differently from whites Just to keep their
culture. Be an Individual. Act like you want to act. As a minority don't
stereotype yourself by acting like you think you should; act like you want
to." That Is good advice and I'm going to use it.
Changes come too late for me
A piece of my mind
by Ewart Jones
It's six o'clock In the morning
do you know where you editor Is?
Try behind the screen of a Com-
pugraphlc Edltwriter 7700. But
please don't send any sympathy I
asked for it.
This week as I realized that we
have not rain like this in Abilene
since I have been here (It was
about the same time that I was
building an ark) I realized other
firsts at HSU that are happening-
most of which will be going on
During new student orientation
In the fall of 1986 there was a pool
party complete with band.
Everyone was standing around
eating or simply staring at the
band. A naive freshman asks why
no one was dancing and was In-
formed that dancing was not
allowed on the HSU campus. He
was shocked In fact he started
laughing at the Idea. No dancing
on campus you must be kidding.
They weren't and the freshman had
to keep his happy feet to himself.
That freshman was yours truly. My
how things have changed.
Now we've got a theology
building and a business building
and the centennial Is coming up-
great stuff too bad I won't be
around to enjoy it. Sometimes I
feel like I was born one year too
early. Then I realize that I am
graduating in eight days and all
regrets of being born in 1968 quick
There are some experiences ati
HSU that I would trade for the
world and there are some that I
would be more than glad to give
away so I will-literally.
Here Is my will of HSU posses-
sions that I can live with out:
To the freshman I give the pond.
You can now look forward to
throwing people Into it for no par-
To the sophomores I give the
fact that you will be up-
perclassmen In the fall and you
can look forward to throwing next
year's sophomores In the pond.
To the Junior class I give to you
the coveted senior year of college.
The year you can relax and then
coast to graduation (yeah right).
To the returning seniors I give to
you the gift of patience. One more
year won't kill trust mo.
Thinking back on my four years
at HSU certain things Just won't
leave my mind. Bad cafeteria food
the week before finals (which for
some reason Is fifty times harder
than finals' week) unpredictable
weather panty raids (of which I
have never participated) stress
(which will probably continue) and
frustration have all been a part of
my collegiate career at Hardln-
Slmmons. Sounds like a
glamorous life doesn't it? I'm go-
ing to miss this place. Hardln-
Slmmons hall to thee.
Dance stance is neutral
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Ewart Jones editor Communication Hardln-Slmmons
Lara King assf. editor University Abilene Texas 79698.
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by Rick Hope
Well it finally happened.
Nobody believed It would. Some
were definitely hoping for It.
Others were violently fighting
against it. But last Tuesday HSU
held their first on-campus dance.
This came up about two months
ago when the Baylor Board of
Trustees was considering the on-
campus dancing issue. Abilene
T.V. reporters came here to Inter-
view students and get their reac-
tions. As I said earlier many were
violently opposed. Now as the
issue comes up again I hear the
same arguments and same violent
I'm not trying to say who Is right
and who is wrong. It is really not
my place to say. Those for the
dance feel that there Is nothing
wrong with dancing-period. On the
other hand those opposed feel
there is something wrong with dan-
cing. I myself refuse to take a
side. Not because I'm fickle or
afraid of what anyone may think
but because I see no point in doing
Am I afraid this type of stance
will hurt my Christian witness? Not
really. I personally feel that an
Issue like dancing is up to each In-
dividual person on whether it's
right or wrong. As a youth minister
in Big Spring I always tell my kids
this when the question of dancing
comes up: If you feel that going to
a dance is going to hurt your Chris-
tian witness In any way then dc A
not go. But If you do not feel it will
damage your witness to others or
your relationship with Jesus then
go. A lot of you would criticize me
for this view but then you're not
youth minister at College1' Baptist
Church and I am. v
This Is the way I feel with the
dancing issue here as welf. A lot of
my friends went to that dance but
that doesn't make them" any less
Christian than my frleridswho'did
not go. And whoever tries 'to pass
Judgement on either group had bet-
ter be living a perfect lifestyle.'
The dance Is over. fhefe"m'ay be p
more and' there may not'. BuVas I
said In" an'earller edltoVlaVvve'are
called to love one anbther;"Let's
hot let this Issue damage 'our
Christian comraderie on campus.
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