Imagine waking up every day and being surrounded by people who look drastically diﬀerently from you.
For example, I have big hair. I have brown skin. I’m not thin. I stick out at Beloit College. I am constantly aware of the fact that I am the only minority in my classes, my friend group, and my extracurriculars. Regardless, I am a proud Beloiter. I am proud to be the only minority on the Round Table staﬀ, and I wouldn’t want to be the token black friend in any other friend-group. But when race comes up in a class I can feel everybody’s eyes turn to me. I can hear the pauses before they say something that might oﬀend me. I am not alone in feeling this way, and that’s why this is such an important issue.
We have collected pieces on ethnicity from professors from various departments, from students who are freshman, seniors, and even from alumni. The contributors vary in age, gender, and ethnicity. Hopefully, they will express to you that this topic is unavoidable, no matter your background. The following “Ethnicity at Beloit” section aims to change our campus’ perception of what is acceptable academically when it comes to diversity.
The intention of this week’s special section is not to lay blame or demonize the administration. (The Round Table is not faultless when it comes to diversity—the paper this week was, admittedly, inﬂuenced by my presence on the editorial staﬀ.) Rather, the purpose is to encourage people of all ethnicities, races, and cultural backgrounds to start talking. At a predominantly white school like ours, it is all too easy to ignore issues of diversity. We hope this week’s paper makes it harder to overlook these things.