So someone sent this article to me. It’s about a racist-themed frat party at Duke, where a bunch of non-Asian people wore conical hats and geisha outfits to get their kicks. The intent of the party was clear:
“Herro Nice Duke Peopre!!” read the opening line in the email inviting Dukies to “the return of Kappa Sigma Asia Prime.”
I checked out the Facebook page of the Duke Asian Students Association, which is protesting the party, and while they have photos, all the faces are blanked out. Now I get privacy concerns–no doubt it’s easy to snap some really embarrassing photos of college kids when they’re drunk and having fun, even when they’re having fun by being racist. These photos never go away. But if you want to stop a racist party, wouldn’t it be easiest to warn them not to hold the party, and if they do it anyway, go there with a digital camera, become the paparazzi, and e-mail those photos to all the on-campus recruiters and the Duke Alumni Committee? Tell the recruiters that if they hire racists, that they are also racist? You know, digitally “get ghetto” with these people?
Yeah, sure, we all need to respect privacy. And maybe no one likes a “snitch” with a camera. But it would seem to me that the best way to stop racism would be to catch racists in a racist act.
What do you think?