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Column: The Others

(09/29/03 4:00am)

The recent stereotyping by Sigma Chi fraternity undeniably indicates that the racial debate on campus has for too long been restricted to the white-black dichotomy. While the onus of marginalization has in years past largely fallen on the shoulders of African Americans (and increasingly so on Latinos), cries from the Asian community to revoke its "model minority" status have not gone unheard.


(09/01/03 4:00am)

In South Africa, there is a vibrant "colored" community that was positioned politically between blacks and whites by the apartheid government, in order to divide their non-white opposition. There is much debate in South Africa about what constitutes these colored people: their roots, the extent of mixed racial heritage in the community, their cultural history. But what is most interesting to me about this group of individuals is the extent to which their identity is influenced by the societally constructed extremes of black and white.