While academia has been attempting to be at the forefront of diversity, many are complaining that the supposed “diversity” is completely one-sided. Stories have been coming out over the last few years about students who were put down because they did not agree with a liberal agenda.
An African American college student, Kalasia Richer, recently shared her story about being harassed for not agreeing with many of her peers. The college sophomore is double majoring in Political Science and Communications and is an officer in her school’s College Republicans chapter.
Rather than focusing on her studies or leadership involvement, Richer has been spending her energy diverting negative comments about her support of Donald Trump. This is what Kalasia had to say about her past year at her university:
“I am going to be a sophomore at my college this year. I came into my school on a full academic scholarship program that valued diversity and leadership. I was excited to be a part of a program that was filled with leaders who I thought wanted equal treatment for everyone. I quickly learned that this was not the case. I soon discovered that the program was just a way for the school to bring in minorities so that they could indirectly display them during tours and say that our school had so much ‘diversity’.”
“This was far from the truth. Diversity at my school stopped at skin color. There was a strict unspoken narrative that minorities at the school were encouraged to follow and unfortunately for me I did not fit into it. I was not liberal minded, I did not want to be a part of their social justice movements/protest, and I certainly did not want to be known as just another African American student on the campus who believed that the white student body had privilege.”
“Perhaps the most threatening thing was that I openly supported Donald Trump and I openly did not support illegal immigration. The members of diversity leadership program and the building for diversity on campus soon began to develop a hatred for me because I was not following the script that my skin color had supposedly assigned for me. I was soon shunned from the members of my scholarship program.”
“I began to get harassed by these members and when it was brought to the attention of the director of the scholarship program, he excused their actions by saying that ‘when you say certain things, people are going to react a certain way.’ I had very few allies left. One night on campus I had to be relocated because I had gotten threats simply because I was an active conservative on campus who had spoken out against the liberal agenda and illegal immigration.”
“I remain a member of this scholarship program and as this upcoming school year rolls around I will continue to prove to these individuals that diversity doesn’t just stop at skin color. I refuse to be a trophy for the school to display during tours. I am an African American women who has a mind of her own and I refuse to mold into something I am not just because it is ‘expected of me.’”
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