Letter to the Editor: Living With Racism Everyday

By Sandra Pena Dareing, Junior, Human, Development, Family Studies

Editor:Regarding the article “Comments Offend Some LDS Students.” I feel the students involved are going to the extreme with their reaction to the comment. The whole point of a diversity class is to expose and teach people about different ethnic groups. Personally, I find it disturbing that the students were only able to name four African-Americans in the hierarchy, and I find it even more disturbing that African Americans have only been in allowed in the hierarchy since 1978. Were any of these students even born yet? Maybe it’s a good thing these people are offended, maybe they feel a tiny bit of what ethnic people have felt for years. I am speaking from 26 years of experience, I am a Hispanic woman married to an African American. We live with discrimination and racism every day, these students had to live with it for one class period. These students are offended because of the comments made to them regarding their church, and their affiliation with the church, my question is how do they think ethnic people deal with comments made to them every day just because their skin is dark. Or maybe they don’t have to think about it because they don’t have dark skin!Sandra Pena Dareing, Junior, Human, Development/Family Studies