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Discarding racial stereotypes

(09/06/04 4:00am)

Over the past year I have closely monitored The Chronicle’s editorials. Sexuality (from Duke’s hook-up culture to gay rights) and race relations (from party themes to “thugs’ ladies”) are undeniably two of the most-discussed issues on this campus. More than once I have become infuriated by discussions of the latter; it seems to me that despite an overwhelming enthusiasm for expressing personal opinion, there is little interest in real debates that could open any doors for change. I am suggesting an obvious—though possibly overlooked—explanation for this and what could possibly be done to really eliminate racial tensions.